From the very beginning, the story of Annunciation House has been one of a faith journey. It has been and continues to be an attempt to encounter the Jesus of the Gospel in today’s world. The starting point for the volunteers is not “what can I do for others”. Rather, it is the realization that one has a profound desire and hunger to experience holiness, joy, peace, and goodness, and that these are to be found with and among the poor. Annunciation House is not a place for individuals who primarily seek to do social work. It is a place for individuals who are in search of a deeper experience of God and who have come to understand that for them, it may come through free and complete service to the poor. The call of Annunciation House is one of faith, and as such, it must include a life of prayer and reflection. At Annunciation House, there are regularly scheduled times for prayer and reflection. Because the house came into being out of a Catholic tradition, the Eucharist is very much a part of the prayer life of the house.
Eucharistic celebrations are an important part of both volunteer gatherings and a part of celebrations in the houses. Volunteers coming to Annunciation House are expected to be part of and participate in the prayer and spiritual life of the house. Annunciation House welcomes volunteer workers from all faiths and there exists a commitment to a prayer and spiritual life that is ecumenically inclusive. In addition, the planning and preparation for prayer and reflection times are rotated and shared among the volunteers. The challenge for some individuals is that as lay people, they have not had too great of an exposure to prayer and theological reflection.
It is equally important for individuals considering coming to Annunciation House that they realize that there is a deep respect for the religious beliefs and practices of the guests. There is absolutely no room at Annunciation House for any form of proselytizing or obliging of guests to participate in religious services as a precondition to being welcomed or assisted.