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 and find a place of prayer and hospitality, beauty, worship and the companionship and witness of others.
We now have a Labyrinth on the grounds between the Chapel and Bethany House of Prayer. Come, walk, pray. All are welcome.
Bethany Colleagues invite you to a Spring Meditation series and two June events exploring the fruits of contemplative practice for our lives today. Register here for the ones you wish to join.
Bethany Spring Meditation Series
Cultivating the Heart of Compassion: Monthly Meditation Group
1st Mondays: March 6, April 3, & May 1
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Registration requested for all or one in the series
Suggested fee: $15 for one or $45 for all
Led by Bethany Colleagues: Christina Leano with Christi Humphrey and Jackie Drapeau
How do we cultivate a loving and compassionate heart? Often the commands of Jesus are easier said than done. Drawing on Christian contemplative tradition, Buddhist teachings, and current neuroscience, we will explore how we can cultivate the qualities that open the heart to receive and share the love of God. Each session will include a guided silent meditation, teaching on the month’s theme, and discussion.
March 6: “Love your neighbor as yourself”: Nurturing compassion toward self and others.
April 3: “Do not judge”: Understanding the nature of thoughts.
May 1: “Love your enemy”: Cultivating unconditional friendliness.
Coming in June (check back for further details):
Sunday June 4: May What I Do Flow From Me Like A River — Poetry Reading by Bethany Poets
Join us at 3 pm in the Chapel of St. Anne, 20 Claremont Ave., for our annual celebration of the spoken word. Reception with live jazz follows at St. Gabriel’s House.
Saturday June 10: Walking the Christian-Buddhist Path
A day-long retreat led by Bethany Colleague Christina Leano, 9 am-4 pm. Details and registration information to come.
Contemplative Prayer Gathering
A weekly gathering for contemplative prayer, Thursday mornings 10:00-11:30 am in the Chapel.
A 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, open to the gifts of community, silence and the holy. Meets September-May.
Contemplative Evening Eucharist: Chapel of St. Anne
The 3rd Wednesday evening of the month September-May. Next service is April 19 at 7:00 pm.
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.
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.