Annunciation House:

A Supportive Environment for Single Catholic Women
Annunciation House

2637 Schele Avenue, Fort Wayne IN USA 46803

Annunciation House serves single Catholic women who are

+ discerning religious or lay vocations.

 + considering marriage or single life

+ undertaking a career or schooling

+ facing serious life decisions 

+ seeking a long term, Catholic women's community

Mission Statement

Annunciation Women's Discernment House is a ministry of the Confraternity of Penitents (CFP), a Catholic Lay Association of the faithful following a modified 1221 Rule of St Francis of Assisi. 

Annunciation House provides low-cost housing and supportive programs for Catholic women discerning the call and will of God for their state in life, be that a religious vocation, marriage, single life, diocesan hermit or sudden, life altering changes in later life.

Far from the noise and distractions of the world and through a supportive program of regular prayer, spiritual direction, daily Mass attendance, educational programs, and community life in a peaceful family atmosphere, the soul begins to hear the will of God. Thus, with the action of the Holy Spirit, the staff at Annunciation House assists in building lives for the Kingdom of God.

During their period of residency, women are encouraged to have a part-time job so as to have the funds to purchase food and other necessities. They are also invited to volunteer in the CFP’s gift shop to cover, either partially or fully, their monthly Program Service Fee.  

With God's grace, house residents support one another through prayer, fellowship, and community living. Even though, in time, women move on to the next step in their journey, our goal is that they always remain sisters in Christ to one another.


Annunciation House is a ministry of the Confraternity of Penitents, a private association of the faithful commended by the Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana.  Its members live a religious rule of life as lay people.


The CFP is also national 501 c 3 non-profit organization under the United States Internal Revenue Service. Donations to it and to its ministries are fully tax deductible. 

Annunciation House is directed by the house administrator who is overseen by the Confraternity Volunteer Coordinator who resides two blocks away.

House Administrator

House administrator Elizabeth Lemire, CFP (kneeling, center), is a registered nurse who has worked in several management and social services positions in the medical field. She brings a rare combination of expertise, compassion, faith, and insight to Annunciation House.


As house administrator, Elizabeth has passed a rigorous screening and national background check. She has completed Safe Environment Training and participates in on going education and training sponsored by the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and by other suitable agencies.  


Annunciation House relies on the prayers of its residents and supporters, on donations from Confraternity members and benefactors, and on proceeds from the Confraternity of Penitents Holy Angels Gift Shop. 


Annunciation House has:

10 bedrooms

​dining room

guest apartment

large kitchen with two stoves, two refrigerators, dishwasher

laundry room (2 washers and 2 dryers)

Bathroom and showers on each of 3 floors


sitting room/library

house chapel and exterior chapel

house parent's office

craft room

community gardens


yard with privacy fence

See also our general website at