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Bethany Retreat Center

Retreats and faith-based religious workshops are a needed break from the world. It is a time to regroup and refocus your relationship with God.

The Bethany Retreat Center located in Frenchville, PA is the perfect place where ‘God is spoken of here’.

This retreat center is run by members of the Anawim Community who also serve the needs of the youth, poor and marginalized in Clearfield County.

Throughout the year various retreats are offered from personal days of reflection, centering prayer and contemplative prayer retreats, icon workshops and more.

For more details, please visit the website or call directly 814-263-4355.

Upcoming Retreats:

Personal Days of Retreat and Renewal

November 3-7, 2020 (Tues – Sat) – SPACE IS LIMITED
December 8-12, 2020 (Tues – Sat) – SPACE IS LIMITED

You are invited to take a day or days of personal retreat to focus on your “self care”. How am I taking care of myself spiritually, physically, and emotionally? Bethany Retreat Center is offering days of renewal for those who want to come for a day, overnight, or a few days to join the Sisters for prayer and daily Mass, walk the grounds, opportunity for reconciliation, and home-cooked meals. We continue to take the COVID pandemic very seriously and are taking many safety precautions to keep you and our staff safe. If you do not reside in a COVID “hot spot,” are not experiencing any symptoms, or have been around anyone that has been exposed to the virus, you are welcome to come.

Offering: $88 per night (includes meals)
Deposit: $25 (non-refundable)
Arrival: Anytime after 9am (whatever day you attend)

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Contemplative Attitudes Through the Practice of Centering Prayer

A Retreat Based on the work of David Frenette

October 25 – 29, 2020 (Sun. to Thurs.)
Due to COVID we can only have 7 overnight guests and we are at that limit with registrations. Registration is now Waiting List Only. WE DID HAVE ONE CANCELLATION SO WE COULD TAKE ONE MORE PERSON.

Presenter: Doug Laplante

In the teachings of Jesus, there are prayers, and then there is prayer—the silent, loving communion with the divine, beyond words or ritual. With Father Thomas Keating’s book Open Mind, Open Heart, hundreds of thousands have discovered the transformative power of Centering Prayer as a form of Christian meditation. Now, with The Path of Centering Prayer, Keating’s senior student, friend, and adviser, David Frenette, reveals the profound depths of this practice, facilitating a deepening of intimacy with God.

The retreat will focus on the contemplative attitudes, as reflected upon in David’s essential book. It will also include silence and Centering Prayer.

Contemplative attitudes, the fruits of contemplative prayer, are revealed in daily life and we will explore how to foster them. Such qualities as simplicity, gentleness, letting go, resting in God, embracing, and finally integrating one’s experience of prayer into one’s daily life, are paired with David’s Guided Meditations.

Doug Laplante has been coming to Bethany as a Retreatant and Volunteer for many years, and in January of 2020 Doug joined the staff as the Executive Director of Young People Who Care. He has been practicing Centering Prayer for many years and regularly teaches others through church and prison ministry. Doug and his wife Kay live on the grounds of Bethany.

Please let us know of your interest in an extra day when you register.

Offering: $335 per person
Deposit: $90 (non-refundable)
Arrival: Anytime after 4:00 pm with dinner at 5:30
Departure: after lunch on Thursday

Attendance for Overnight Guests – WAITING LIST ONLY
Please click on the Register Now button to be added to the waiting list.

November 8 – 14,2020 –  Icon Writing Workshop | Saint Paul the Apostle

(Space is limited to 8)

Presenter: Mary Kay Laplante

Come join us at Bethany Retreat Center and spend a week immersed in prayer while you paint an image of St. Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles with accomplished iconographer and teacher Mary Kay Laplante. Mary Kay will share her love of icons and the spirit-filled process by which they are created. And as we paint Paul’s image, we will contemplate and discuss his teachings.

Icons remind of us of our connection to Christ and the saints and are beautiful instruments of prayer and contemplation. Painting an icon is as much a contemplative form of prayer as an artistic discipline. People of all levels of artistic talent are invited into this contemplative process. Mary Kay will guide you and encourage you with step-by-step instructions and all necessary materials. The underlying theology of each step will also be emphasized.

The days will include class instruction and painting, personal prayer time, optional Centering Prayer, daily Mass and home-cooked meals provided by the Bethany staff. Please let us know prior to your arrival if you have any dietary needs.

For more information contact Mary Kay Laplante at

Offering: $925
Deposit: $250
Arrival: Anytime after 3:00 pm Sunday, 11/8 for 5:00 dinner


“My entire prayer life has been deepened from your workshop. I can’t thank you enough. Looking forward to working closer with you.”
~ Susan Gregonis 2019 workshop participant

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Opening to Our Pre-existing Union With God

November 13 – 15, 2020 (Fri. to Sun.)

Presenter: Keith Kristich

So many of us grow up with the message that God is the great, old Guy-in-the-Sky. This God loves the world, but is ultimately separate from it and separate from us.

But the great contemplatives say otherwise, that God is the Heart of our hearts and the very Center of our souls. From the contemplative perspective, the spiritual journey isn’t one in which we get closer to God, but rather about waking up to the reality that we are already one!

Join this weekend retreat as we explore Centering Prayer as a path of waking up to our pre-existing oneness with God. We are not ultimately separate from God, and we’ll explore the significance of opening to this reality through teaching, reflection, and centering prayer practice.

Keith Kristich is certified with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats, as well as, with Contemplative Outreach as a presenter of Centering Prayer.

Please let us know of your interest in an extra day when you register.

Offering: $190 per person
Deposit: $75 (non-refundable)
Arrival: Anytime after 3pm with dinner at 6pm
Departure: 11am Sunday

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Saint Katharine Drexel