Bethany Retreat Center

About Us


Sr. Ruth Ann Madera, CA is a Retreat Director and also a Spiritual Director. She provides spiritual direction on an ongoing basis as well as spiritual companioning/direction during retreats at Bethany Retreat Center. Sr. Ruth Ann is a Centering Prayer facilitator and commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer for Contemplative Outreach. She has her degree in Religious Studies from St. Francis University. She is also a graduate of Shalem’s Spiritual Guidance Program.

Diane Balliet
is Bethany’s Office Manager. Diane keeps the retreat center’s office and books organized and up to date, registers and welcomes retreat guests, and assists with retreats in any way needed. Diane is the voice of Bethany! She is usually your first contact, whether she’s answering retreat questions, taking registrations or talking to community members about Direct Service. 



Sr. Suzanne Thibault is the director of the Bethany YOUTH Center at Young People Who Care. She is a sister of the Anawim Community of Frenchville, PA and has worked in youth ministry and with rural poverty for more than 30 years.



In Loving Memory of Sr. Therese Dush, C.A.
1931 – 2015

Sr. Therese’s legacy can be found in the thousands of lives touched and changed – the children she taught in her many years of teaching, the young people and volunteers she inspired to live out the Gospel challenge of service to others in her years of Mission work at Young People Who Care, the poor whose lives were made better, the prisoners to whom she taught prayer and brought the Gospel, and the adults for whom she served as Spiritual Director and Retreat Director through Bethany Retreat Center. She truly lived out her motto:
‘Love can do all things.’