Upcoming Offerings

“Peace meets you at the garden gate…
At Bethany every leaf and tree,
every stone and flower seems infused with the prayers of the faithful.”
— Desmond Tutu

Come walk the labyrinth and discover the peace and beauty of a place apart for prayer and reflection.

Inside the Seer/Outside the Seen
A Poetry Reading by Bethany Poets with Art Exhibit & Jazz Reception
Featuring works in pastel and mixed media by Carole

Sunday, June 10 — Poetry Reading at 3 pm in St. Anne’s Chapel
Reception following with Jazz & Art Exhibit at St. Gabriel’s House
Come celebrate the beauty of art, jazz, and the spoken word while Bethany grounds are in their early summer glory.  All are welcome to this afternoon featuring the work of Bethany poets, mentored by Bethany  Colleague, Kimberly Cloutier Green, and the art of award-winning local artist Carole Parrish.  A new chapbook with the writings of Bethany Poets will be available at the reception.  Additional details may be found here.
Pastel shown: Aqua Marine, artist: Carole Parrish, used with permission.

Join us for a new contemplative evening offering: 
Evening Contemplative Practice through June 26, resuming in the fall
When: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 7:00- 8:30 PM, last gathering until Sept. is June 26
Description: This is a bi-weekly gathering to explore and engage in contemplative practices through hospitality and community, education, and meditation. We welcome people of all experiences looking for silence in community and support in bringing mindfulness and compassion into their Christian path. The guided meditations and teachings will draw upon the Christian contemplative tradition, monastic spirituality, Buddhist meditation, and self-compassion practices.
Place:  St. Gabriel’s House, 173 Appleton Street, Arlington
Facilitators: Bethany Colleagues Christi Humphrey and Christina Leano
Fee: Free-will offering. Donations appreciated to support our ministries.
Registration: Not required but helpful, please register by email. Newcomers welcome every session.

On-Going Programs (September-June 7):
Contemplative Prayer Gathering
Thursday Mornings 10:00-11:30 am.  Resumes September 13.

Chapel of St. Anne
A weekly circle of encouragement for the practice of contemplative prayer.
Led by Bethany House of Prayer Colleagues and Associates.  Newcomers welcome each week.  Enter into the beauty of the Chapel, present to the offerings of the day, the cares of your heart and our world.  Experience the gifts of community, silence and a shared attentiveness to the holy in our lives.

Contemplative Evening Eucharist: Chapel of St. Anne
The 3rd Wednesday evening of the month September-May.
Next service: September 19.
Enter into the quiet beauty of the candle lit Chapel — sing, pray, listen, and honor silence with others who are making their way along paths both familiar and mysterious, ordinary and sacred.

2017-2018 Bethany Poets Groups — Now Full
Whether you’ve never written a poem or you have a well-established practice of writing, you will find in this monthly circle of ‘practicing poets’ enough quiet, support, and camaraderie to explore poem-making as an act of reverence for the world.  Led by Bethany Colleague Kimberly Cloutier-Green. Registration for 2018-2019 groups will open this summer.

Available Year-Round:
Spiritual Direction
Whether it is a regular practice or arises out of significant life changes or vocational discernment, the value of meeting with a spiritual director can help foster and support your care for your spiritual life and prayer. Bethany House of Prayer has over 10 trained spiritual directors who are lay and ordained, ecumenical leaders. Please contact us by phone or email to explore this resource.

Individual Quiet Days and Retreats for your Parish or Group
Bethany House of Prayer offers an exceptional space for retreats for individuals and groups.  Please contact us if you wish to arrange a day of retreat which can be self – directed,  meeting with a spiritual director or facilitated by Bethany House of Prayer. We can now accommodate groups overnight on retreat.  For group retreats, please register online or call or email to inquire or reserve retreat opportunities. Please contact Bethany House directly if you would like to reserve space for an individual retreat or quiet day.

“Catch the Vision” Celebrating a Century of the Order of Saint Anne
This handsome book of 112 pages and 123 full-color illustrations, offers us glimpses of OSA, past and present, together with reflections written by some of the Order’s many friends. The book can be ordered from the Sisters by email.

Join us as we bring our lives and souls into the transforming reality of God’s spirit in the world.