St. Anne Novena: The Power of Prayer in Your Search for Love


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On July 9th, Pope Francis tweeted a message on Twitter that is a great slogan for all single Catholics:

Christians are always full of hope; they should never get discouraged (@pontifex).

To be always full of hope and never discouraged—even when you’re lonely and wondering when it will be your turn to find love—is a great witness to the world but admittedly one that isn’t always easy to keep up. But it’s a guidepost for those days when you just don’t feel like putting a smile on your face.

Prayer is the key to linking your yearning heart to the will of God and being able to tap into that hope that keeps you motivated and moving forward. In the past, I’ve shared with you the importance of prayer in your search for the right one and today, I’d like to share with you one woman’s personal account of how prayer, particularly a novena to St. Anne, led her directly to her future husband. Here’s how it happened for Annie Piekarczyk (now Deddens) in her own words:

I’m not always very patient, but I am diligent. About three years ago, I started praying to Saint Anne. I never knew too much about her, but a few girls I used to live with joked about asking Saint Anne to, “send me a man as fast as you can!” It was quick, catchy and it caught on.

At the time, I knew of another girl who also prayed to her and, who shortly thereafter, met her future boyfriend (and now husband). So I thought I would try it and see how things worked out—and let me tell you, it definitely worked out!

I prayed the novena to St. Anne a couple of times—and all the while, I had been growing in patience and learned to trust more in God’s timing and His will for my life—not just for my heart.

I knew that I wanted to grow a relationship and build a career centered around my faith—rather than a faith that somehow worked itself around a relationship and a career. And I wanted to marry someone who shared those same values and the same faith—so that’s what I was praying for.

It was maybe about a week after I finished the novena that I met John-Paul. I was working as a reporter at the time, and I actually ended up contacting him as a source for a pro-life campaign I was covering. We met for the interview—probably one of the longest interviews I’ve ever done (he’s not a big talker—but he was talking a lot!). Afterwards, I turned off my recorder, was ready to go—but he surprised me and said, “So, tell me about yourself.” The tables had been turned! I had been a reporter for a while—always the one asking questions, so this definitely made him stand out to me.

A couple months later, we began dating—we dated for about a year and a half before we got engaged. During that time, I continued to pray through St. Anne’s intercession—her novena, among others, and those prayers changed my life. I’m not sure I would have met John-Paul if I hadn’t prayed to St. Anne and if I hadn’t covered that pro-life campaign three years ago. Pray More Novenas wouldn’t even exist if I hadn’t met him or if I had never learned about a novena—but that’s another story.

What a beautiful story of romantic love that began with love for the will of God and acceptance of His timing. Not only did the habit of prayer lead them to find each other, but it also became the signature of their life as a couple. Their website is PrayMoreNovenas.Com, a site dedicated to helping people enrich their lives and discover God’s will through prayer, specifically novenas.

I invite you to join Annie, her husband, John-Paul, and thousands of other Catholics around the world in praying this novena to St. Anne, beginning July 17th. Just visit their website and sign up for their daily delivery of novena prayers to your email box. Like Annie and John-Paul, you will receive great blessings through the intercession of your extended family in heaven.

Feel free to send your comments and questions to asklisa@catholicmatch.com.






26 Comments

  1. Matthew-928862 July 15, 2013 Reply

    I want to believe so badly, but I’ve never really had a prayer or novena work for anything I desired for myself… even if it was good and so general as to be something like “Lord, I accept your will, but please let me at least *hear back* from such and such job, young lady, opportunity, etc.”

    • Beth-72537 July 19, 2013 Reply

      I know how you feel, Matthew. We’re all in this together!

  2. MaryClaire-847709 July 15, 2013 Reply

    What a beautiful story!! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Kathy-730470 July 15, 2013 Reply

    I agree what a beautiful story !!! It is so nice that they now have a web site that promotes novenas and pray. What a wonderful thing !!!

  4. Veronica-56352 July 15, 2013 Reply

    I have been praying the PrayMoreNovenas.com and then, here I see Annie and John-Paul’s story! Is this a coincidence?? I think not, with God!
    What a great story of inspiration and hope! God is good! God bless this couple and I commend them for all the hard work that goes into putting this site together and bringing the power of pray into everyone’s life, in yet another way!

  5. Chris-427945 July 15, 2013 Reply

    It was by praying a last-ditch novena that sparked my re-conversion to the Catholic Faith.

  6. Anchang-989770 July 15, 2013 Reply

    Good story

  7. Carol-737878 July 15, 2013 Reply

    I prayed constantly that God show me His will unmistakeably in regard to my relationship with Dann. I prayed in the adoration chapel. I prayed to St. Raphael. I requested that if it was in His will that Dann & I be together, that He open his mind & heart to that possibility. Plus I had tons of patience. And it worked! So, yes, prayer can & does work.

  8. Esther-532964 July 16, 2013 Reply

    Great story! I will start saying the St Ann novena. I believe praying helps us a great deal. What’s that saying? “Ask so you may receive, ” then there is the one, in God’s time, not our time” . Thank you for sharing.

  9. Anthony-931830 July 16, 2013 Reply

    I enjoyed the article. I am 43 and starting to lose hope. I have said many novenas. I will continue to pray.

    • John-1065391 February 22, 2014 Reply

      Hi,
      How are you today? Its my pleasure to write you. Your profile sounds interesting but really doesn’t say it all. It would be nice to know you better. I hope to read from you. Have a lovely day.
      John

  10. Sol-496426 July 16, 2013 Reply

    Thank you for writing this article, an answered prayer!! made me think of what Pope Francis stated on twitter short ago: “Miracles happen. But prayer is needed! Prayer that is courageous, struggling and persevering, not prayer that is a mere formality.”

  11. Dyan-943376 July 16, 2013 Reply

    I’ll definitely try that prayer from now on. LOL.

  12. Mary B. July 16, 2013 Reply

    Lovely and powerful story! Thank you for sharing.

  13. Michelle-985969 July 16, 2013 Reply

    Nice but my prayers haven’t worked for a soulmate. I’m not bitter. I guess its God’s will. I prayed off and on for about 20 years.

  14. Anne-445674 July 16, 2013 Reply

    What a sweet story & nice inspiration for all of us to pray for St. Anne, the mother of our Mother Mary’s intercession. I knew St. Anne (also my patron saint of course), was an intercessor for mothers or those hoping to have a child, but I wasn’t aware she was also the patron of those seeking a spouse. I’ve been receiving the emails for the past couple of years from “praymorenovenas.com” , so I was aware of JohnPaul’s story with his wife…just didn’t know all the details. I’ve known this site was under the intercession of St. Raphael, the patron of the site.

  15. Leanne-387609 July 16, 2013 Reply

    What an inspiring story. Sometimes I think that praying a long time for something molds me to God’s will in His time, not necessarily in my time.;)

  16. Maria-557658 July 18, 2013 Reply

    I feel very happy to get to know people who really believe in God & pray novenas & follow the wonderful words of Pope Francisco. Maria Ramirez from Spain. I will enclose in a couple of days my photo.

  17. Maggie-98581 July 18, 2013 Reply

    I’m going to do this Novena too :D Thanks for this post

  18. Wen-987739 July 19, 2013 Reply

    I have been praying for so a very long time to St Jude, St Anthony, St Anne, St Catherine, St Francesca Romana, Padre Pio, St Philomena, St Gianna, Blessed Anna Marie Taige, St Joseph, the Virgin Mary and everybody in heaven including the holy souls in purgatory :-) .. and I am still waiting….
    now I am praying that God will give me more patience :-)

  19. Nathalie-924058 July 19, 2013 Reply

    Great story!!! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Andy-660717 July 20, 2013 Reply

    St. Anne. Pray for us!

  21. Sabrina-219750 July 22, 2013 Reply

    Great article :) Thank you for sharing the story with us :)
    I found the website :)
    http://www.praymorenovenas.com/st-anne-novena/

  22. Carol-799486 August 15, 2013 Reply

    Its funny but I too prayed to all the Saints and angels in heaven. The only two Saints I missed out is St. Ann and St. Rita. I guess I was praying my prayer wrongly because every time I did those novena I demand instead of allowing those Saints to present my plea to God the Father. I guess this was/is the reason why my prayer was never granted.
    Now I realize that I should let go and allow God to be God. That instead of praying to all his Saints why not pray to him directly?
    Thank you so much for posting this heart warming story. I too believe that any novena out there works. If its never granted its only because you are praying your prayer wrongly. You want those Saints to follow your will instead of their divine will into your life. And remember they present your plea to God the Father. They are the go- in-between mediator. Its best to allow them to be Saints. A humble heart is precious to any Saints up in heaven.

  23. Judy-986208 July 19, 2014 Reply

    Hello! I have already been getting emails from John-Paul and Annie’s website of Pray More Novena’s.
    God works in mysterious ways. I accidently came upon their story here on Catholic Match because of their Wedding Picture. I started to read their story, and about Annie’s Novena of St. Anne to God. I read and thought their names sound so familiar. I came across their website when I was looking for different Novena’s about a month ago. I am so surprised to find this article on Catholic Match, and meet the people and faces behind my Novena emails. I did not expect to see them here on Catholic Match. I’m sure it was not an accident, but God telling me to keep the faith. Also the name John-Paul was given to a couple’s son from Our Lady of the Roses Shrine “not sure if this apparition site was recognized by the Church”, but when I was getting the Novena’s, I had wondered if there might be a correlation?

  24. Rachel-984949 July 20, 2014 Reply

    Okay Lord we tried it my way! Not so sweet surrender; I now want to try it your way and I trust your timings and Saint Anne send me a man (preferably not called Stan!) ; )

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