About Us

Our Mission


For the glory of God we are dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus as taught by the Roman Catholic Church through Scripture, Sacrament, and Service. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we strive together to be faithful stewards of our time, talent, and treasure. In the same Spirit we grow in friendship and love for one another bringing people closer together and closer to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Our Staff

Father Randy Mattox - Pastor

fatherrandy@st-annas.com

John Duffield - Deacon

jduffield@st-annas.com

Heather Gardner - DRE

hgardner@st-annas.com

Delilah Tanner - Secretary

dtanner@st-annas.com

Tom Golden - Maintenance

rtgolden@st-annas.com

Betsy Jourdan - Office Manager

bjourdan@st-annas.com

Jenny Wachsman - Maintenance

Our History

In the Summer of 1956, construction of a white frame mission chapel was begun in east Monroe (836 East Spring St), fronting on U.S. Highway 78. During the time we celebrated Mass at the American Legion house, we were known as All Saints Catholic Mission. When we were ready to build we were given a contribution from the Catholic Extension Society. The name St. Anna’s was specified with the gift. The chapel was dedicated May 16, 1957, by Bishop Francis E. Hyland. It was the first rural mission to be dedicated in the newly established Atlanta diocese. A reception was held afterward at the American Legion. A large group was confirmed in the first confirmation class by Bishop Francis Hyland on April 24, 1959.

In 1960, a residence on Baker Street was purchased for use of Sunday School classes and social groups. The first priest to occupy it was Father Leonard F. X. Mayhew in 1964. After his transfer, the house was left unoccupied except for Sunday School classes and social groups until St. Anna’s Catholic Mission became a parish in 1972. Father Anthony Curran moved into the rectory on June 1, 1972.

A meeting of the general membership of St. Anna’s parish was held in October, 1969. At the time it was decided to organize a parish council to assist the priest-in-charge. Mary Ann Binger, Patricia Green, Ann Huff, Jerry Connell, Dan Melton and Joe Warren were elected to serve as the first council. Mrs. Binger acted as chairperson. Bylaws were drawn up and approved. Committees to facilitate the work of the parish were appointed and activated. During this time, money was raised and aluminum siding was put on the church.

In 1974, the two-story Parish Hall was built, containing a large reception room upstairs and classrooms downstairs for religious education and also living quarters for the pastor.

In 1994, the house next to the rectory was vacated. St. Anna’s was given the first option to buy the property, the acquisition of which rounded out the acreage of the parish to two acres. It is now called the Annex, modified to accommodate five classrooms for Religious Education purposes and serves also as the center for youth activities. The space was much needed as parish numbers increased with many additional children and youth.

In 1995 an addition was made to the existing church property when the lot and residence adjacent to the rectory became available and the parish purchased it for religion classes and other functions. Since that time renovating has progressed at a steady pace, at the same time as usage is being made of the new facility.

Consideration of an enlargement to the existing church building prompted the existing church members to investigate future possibilities for St. Anna's physical plant. With demographics changing almost daily in the Walton County area, the congregation anticipated a decision in the near future concerning St. Anna's building plans.

In the fall of 1997 St. Anna's participated in the archdiocesan capital funds campaign, Building the Church of Tomorrow, raising $175,000 for the Archdiocese and $300,000 for the parish. These funds enabled the parish to purchase in January 1998 the adjacent car wash as additional parking and as space for future expansion of parish facilities. The capital funds are also being used to expand the church during the summer of 1998.

Over the years the following priests have served the spiritual needs of St.Anna's:

Father Walter J. Donovan, as pastor of St. Joseph's in Athens

Father R. Donald Kiernan, as a parochial vicar from Athens

Father James L. Harrison, as a parochial vicar from Athens

Father Leonard F. X. Mayhew, as a parochial vicar from Athens

Father John L. Mulroy, as pastor of St. Joseph's in Athens

Father James F. Scherer, student at UGA and resident at Immaculate Heart

Father William Hoffman, as a parochial vicar from Athens

Father Alan Dillman, as a parochial vicar from Athens

Father Henry Gracz, as pastor of St. Joseph's in Athens

Father James Maciejewski, as a parochial vicar from Athens

Father Gerald Gill, as a parochial vicar from Athens

Father Anthony T. Curran (1972-1973), first pastor

Father Michael Hogan (1973-1976), pastor

Father Edward A. Danneker (1976-1983), pastor

Father John Paul Kelley (1983-1990), pastor

Father John R. Henley (1990-1997), pastor

Father Richard A. Kieran (1997- 1999), pastor

Father Daniel Stack (1999 - 2001), pastor

Father Daniel R. Toof (2001 - 2022), pastor

Father Randy Mattox (2022 - Current)

Archdiocesan Safe Environment Program The Archdiocese of Atlanta is committed to helping children and young people learn and grow in a healthy and safe environment. St. Anna's Parish complies with archdiocesan safe environment policies and procedures in accordance with the U.S. Bishop’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

Safe Environment programs are in place to assist parents and children—and those whose duties involve contact with minors—in preventing harm to young people.

The Archdiocese of Atlanta proudly offers Safe Environment training materials to all schools and parishes. VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children (commonly referred to as “Virtus”) is the training program for adults and children in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. We are happy to partner with you in working to keep your children safe. Please visit the Archdiocesan Safe Environment page for information on reporting child abuse.
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