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.

A Cup in Hand
A day of contemplative reflection
with Gunilla Norris and Frank Pendola
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Something as simple as the cup we drink from every day
can become for us a small, yet sacred tool
to guide us into contemplative reflection
where self-care and self-offering
can be equally lived in harmony and balance.

Through guided exercises, discussion, dialogue, journaling,
chant and periods of Centering Prayer
we will find ways to be realigned
allowing our souls to catch up with our bodies
and our spirits to dwell in the depth of Love.

Bring your favorite cup and your longing to be more present and whole in your life.

Gunilla Norris is the author of eleven books on the spirituality of the everyday: Being Home, Becoming Bread, Inviting Silence, A Mystic Garden, Simple Ways, Sheltered in the Heart, Match, Embracing the Seasons, Companions on the Way, Great Love in Little Ways, and in 2020, Touched by Blessing. She is a mother and a grandmother. She has been a psychotherapist in private practice for more than 40 years and has felt privileged to accompany many people on their journeys to growth, healing and spiritual connectedness.
Frank Pendola is a husband, father and grandfather and a lifelong lover of song. He currently serves as music minister at St. Vincent de Paul and Our Lady of Victory parishes in Bradford and Ashaway RI. He has been an active member of The Holy Family community as a student of Centering Prayer and Christian Contemplative Practice and serves on the Servant and Leadership team of Contemplative Outreach of CT where he is preparing to become a commissioned presenter. Frank is involved in contemplative practice with friends from various faiths and denominations.
Register here or by calling or emailing Bethany House of Prayer.  Suggested fee and retreat hours to be announced.

On-Going Contemplative Offerings:
Evening Contemplative Practice
2nd and 4th Tuesdays 7:00 — 8:30 pm. Next meetings: October 8 & 22
St. Gabriel’s House, 173 Appleton Street, Arlington
A bi-weekly gathering to explore contemplative practices through meditation, teachings, and discussion facilitated by Bethany Colleagues. 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. All are welcome to join at any time. Free-will offering: Donations appreciated to support our ministries. Registration: Not required but helpful, please register by email. Newcomers welcome every session.

Contemplative Prayer Gathering
Thursday Mornings 10:00 — 11:30 am
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, 7:00 pm
Next service: October 16
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.

Bethany Contemplative Writing Group — Now Full
An opportunity to immerse in the art of contemplative writing. This is for writers who already have a practice and desire sustained community, as well as for those seeking to explore writing with a contemplative approach. Each month we will be guided by practices that draw our voices, wisdom and stories from stirrings into fully realized form, as reflections, narratives, and poems.  Writers will share freshly generated workshop material, as well as bring finished pieces for response and care.   Examples and short craft talks will augment what is essentially a time of listening to the still small voice within, and giving it life on the page. Led by Bethany Colleague: Kathleen Hirsch, M.F.A., experienced in  narrative journalism before authoring three books of creative nonfiction, including A Sabbath Life: One Woman’s Search for Wholeness. In addition to being a spiritual director and writer, Kathleen also teaches at Boston College addressing social justice and contemplative work. Her spiritual reflections, www.kathleenhirsch.com offer recent examples of work relevant to those considering this contemplative writing group.  Registration is for all sessions; fee is $180 for six sessions.  This group is now full; to be added to the waiting list or to hear about additional upcoming writing opportunities at Bethany, please contact us online or by email or phone.

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.