Bethany Retreat Center

Bethany Retreat Center


At Bethany Retreat Center we are hopeful that the worst of the pandemic is now behind us. We are encouraged as the vaccine is available and in many counties the COVID statistics are drastically improving each day. Slowly, carefully, and prayerfully Bethany has reopened. We are receiving private retreaters for overnight retreats, and are open for group retreats. Many retreats have a Commuter option for guests that live locally. We value the importance of offering people a place of peace and quiet in the midst of all the chaos in the world today. We continue to follow WHO, CDC and PA guidelines as we serve meals in our dining room. We are asking guests that have not been fully vaccinated or believe they have natural immunity to mask while indoors and at any time that social distancing cannot be maintained. 

If you would be interested in bringing your group to the Retreat Center for a private retreat, please contact our office at 814-263-4855.  Check our Retreat Schedule page often for updates and added events. Since attendance is limited, we recommend that you register early since the spots will fill up quickly. Keep us in your prayers, as we will hold each of you in our prayers as well. You are welcome to contact us with any specific prayer requests. We will bring them to the Anawim Community for daily prayer.

Last Updated: 11/8/21

BETHANY RETREAT CENTER was established in 1982 by the Anawim Religious Community of Frenchville, Pennsylvania. It is a place apart to rest, renew and be recreated for those seeking a deeper relationship with God.

Located on 140 acres of partially wooded land in the hills of Pennsylvania, the atmosphere is quiet and peaceful — only 15 miles off Interstate 80.

BETHANY RETREAT CENTER offers trails through the woods to the mountain-top cross, outdoor stations of the cross, 102′ x 87′ labyrinth, mysteries of the rosary, and a lovely Marian Grotto for meditation. There are also trails for walking, hiking, and jogging, and the large lawns and gardens create ample space for quiet reflection.

There is a spacious dining room, home cooked meals, air-conditioned prayer space, large and medium conference rooms, hermitage space with kitchenette. Perfect for one-day or overnight conferences, retreats, sabbaticals, or private days.

When the schedule permits, individuals and groups are welcome to avail themselves of the prayerful atmosphere of the retreat center for a day or for overnight stays. Arrangements are tailored to the needs and desires of the individual or group.

If you are interested in ongoing spiritual direction, call us for more information. Appointments are available on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday 9am – 7pm.

For more information, please call 814.263.4855.