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 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.


Art Exhibit and Advent Retreat with Artist Janet McKenzie
Embrace Hope: The Art of Janet McKenzie is on exhibit at
the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston, October 15 – December 3.  Open weekdays and Sundays 10 am – 5 pm, Thursdays until 8 pm, Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm.  For more information, see www.stpaulboston.org.

Bethany Advent Retreat Stay with Me Saturday December 2, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
With Artist Janet McKenzie and Bethany Retreat Leaders:
Bernardine Ileto Chan, Kimberly Green and Cathy Okhuysen
Mary and Elizabeth, Joseph and Mary stay with one another in uncertain times. They invite us into a quieter story of the mystery that is possible in the space between destinations. Come, listen more deeply to the Advent hope of Stay with Me. Reflections, silence, music and images will guide the day and our journey into Advent. Registration required. Suggested fee: $50 includes lunch. Register here or call or email the Bethany office. Download a flyer here. Registration deadline: Wednesday, November 29. 

Keeping Watch: An Evening of Stillness and Prayer
Tuesday December 12, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Each season of Advent we are invited to watch and wait for the coming of Christ.  In these uncertain times, what does it take to prepare our hearts to receive Jesus? Join Bethany colleagues Christina Leano and Christi Humphrey for a time of stillness; listening to hear God’s call to us. The evening will offer time for reflection, meditation, and conversation for those seeking to nourish awareness and exercise hope.  Registration required: please contact us via email or call the Bethany office at (781) 648-2433. Suggested donation is $15, but any amount is welcome.

On-Going Programs (September-May):
Contemplative Prayer Gathering
A weekly circle of encouragement for the practice of contemplative prayer, Thursdays 10:00-11:30 am in the Chapel.
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.

Contemplative Evening Eucharist: Chapel of St. Anne
The 3rd Wednesday evening of the month September-May. Next service is December 20 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.

2017-2018 Bethany Poets Groups
In Denise Levertov’s beautiful poem, O Taste and See, the poet invites us to “savor, chew, swallow, transform” what we taste on “imagination’s tongue,” a wonderful metaphor for the poem-making process itself! As poets, we take in the world’s everyday mysteries—find correspondences, dream, make new.  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.  Pre-Registration required.  Two poetry circles, beginning in October (see dates below).  Minimum enrollment (7); maximum enrollment (9). $240.00 for both sessions*
Groups meet on Second Fridays, except where noted (three exceptions through the year)
First Session: 10/13, 11/10, 12/1* (out of sequence), 1-5* (out of sequence)
Second Session (continuation): 3/9, 4/13, 5/11, 6/1* (out of sequence)
Morning Group meets 10:30am to 12:30pm.  Afternoon Group meets 1:30 to 3:30pm
Both groups are now full.  Registration has closed.

Available Year-Round:
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.