Come away for awhile. (Mark 6:31)

These words of Jesus are an invitation to spend time with Him, both in quiet personal prayer and in company with others. Knowing exactly what they need, the Lord calls his friends apart to a lovely and peaceful atmosphere of retreat.

In a culture that is fast paced and filled with pressures of many kinds, it is not only important but necessary to be mindful of God’s presence; to take time to listen to Him, talk with Him; to come to know Him and to know ourselves. If we are to grow in our relationship with the Lord, a relationship which He Himself initiates and deeply desires, it is essential that we accept his invitation to “come away.”

In the spirit of St. Dominic, and seeking to promote the Church’s mission of the New Evangelization, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation wish to make available just such a “place apart”, through a retreat facility designed to fill the spiritual needs of those desiring to “come away for awhile” – whether laity, clergy or religious.

The sisters seek to provide an atmosphere conducive to a deepening relationship with God, so that retreatants might be more open to his grace in personal prayer, reception of the sacraments, spiritual conferences and quiet time for rest. Thus refreshed in body and soul, the faithful are better able to become a leaven within their families, in their workplaces, and in the communities where they live.

Construction of Bethany Retreat House was made possible by a gift of Gayle and Tom Benson of New Orleans, LA. The addition of Our Mother of Perpetual of Help Chapel and wing was realized through the major gift of an anonymous donor and contributions of many other generous benefactors. It is located about 40 miles west of Nashville on 72 acres of land in Dickson, Tennessee. The retreat house, completed in three phases, has 41 individual guest rooms, a large beautiful gathering space for reflection, and a new chapel that seats about 120.

Bethany Retreat House, owned and operated by St. Cecilia Congregation, plays an integral role in the community’s apostolate of Christian education and its efforts in the New Evangelization. Bethany provides an atmosphere in which retreatants are able to reflect on their faith, on the presence of God in their personal lives, and on growth in their relationship with the Lord as they seek to live their vocations in the Church. Retreats are scheduled for parents, faculty, and staff of schools where the sisters serve, as well as for other groups sponsored by parishes or Catholic organizations known to the sisters. Additionally, the sisters themselves come to Bethany for ongoing formation retreats and days of renewal.

We are told in the Gospel that the Lord Jesus Himself went apart to Bethany for times of spiritual refreshment and rest. At Bethany Retreat House his friends may do the same, meeting Him there in silence, prayer, reflection, and especially in his sacramental presence.

"Come away by yourselves,” He invites us,“ … and rest a while" (Mark 6:31).

RETREATS FOR WOMEN/MEN

BETHANY RETREAT HOUSE
2002 GARNERS CREEK ROAD
DICKSON, TN. 37055

Below is a list of the Women’s/Men’s Retreats through May 2022. Guests are welcome.
Each of these retreats require registration through the group that is organizing the retreat. If you are interested in any particular one, please email Sister Mary Evelyn, O.P., at bethanyretreat@op-tn.org  and she will provide the contact information.

The cost for a WEEKEND RETREAT (Friday evening—4:30 p.m.—through Sunday morning—11:30): $200/person. It is $100 per night spent at Bethany.

The cost for a DAY RETREAT: approximately $25 or $50; contact the organization offering the retreat. 

RETREATS FOR WOMEN/MEN

  • October 29-31, 2021 Women’s Private Retreat. [Retreat Director Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.]. Theme is "Learning to Hope with St. Catherine of Siena."  This retreat, only for women, is an opportunity for single or married women to have a weekend apart for private reflection, conferences, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and confession. Space is limited. Registration begins August 25, 2021 and is first come first served.  If you are interested please send your email address to Bethanyretreat@op-tn.org and request to be added to the mailing list for this retreat. Please state that it is for the October 29-31, 2021 Women’s Private Retreat.
  • November 4-7, 2021 Fall Retreat for Catholic Women Physicians. [Retreat Director TBD]. This retreat is for Catholic women who are active, retired, or in-training physicians (MD or DO). This is a spiritual retreat, including 24 hours of silence, along with other times for fellowship.  Daily Mass, Eucharistic adoration, times for private and common prayer, retreat conferences, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and discussion with fellow retreatants are all part of this retreat.  It is a grace-filled and joyful time, designed to support the retreatants in their love for God, and especially to encourage them in knowing how much they are loved by Him.  Space is available for 32 retreatants. Registration is first come first served.
    If you are interested please email Bethanyretreat@op-tn.org and request information on the CWP Fall Retreat and we will contact you.  Please be sure to include your phone number for ease of contact if necessary.
  • November 19-21, 2021 Bethany Retreat House Women’s Retreat [Sister Jane Dominic, O.P. Retreat Director] Theme is “Living the Life of Grace”.  Space is limited.  This retreat, only for women, is an opportunity for single or married women to have a weekend apart for conferences, silent reflection, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and confessions. Registration begins August 25, 2021. If you are interested please send your email address to Bethanyretreat@op-tn.org and request to be added to the mailing list for the November 19-21, 2021 Bethany Retreat House Women’s Retreat.
  • February 11-13, 2022 [note change in date as announced earlier] Bethany Retreat House Men’s Retreat. Father Wade Menezes CPM will return for the Retreat for Men for 2022. This retreat, only for men, is an opportunity for single or married men to have a weekend apart for conferences, silent reflection, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and confessions. Registration will begin Dec. 15, 2022.
  • March 10-12, 2022 Fall Retreat for Catholic Women Physicians. [Retreat Director TBD]. This retreat is for Catholic women who are active, retired, or in-training physicians (MD or DO). This is a spiritual retreat, including 24 hours of silence, along with other times for fellowship.  Daily Mass, Eucharistic adoration, times for private and common prayer, retreat conferences, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and discussion with fellow retreatants are all part of this retreat.  It is a grace-filled and joyful time, designed to support the retreatants in their love for God, and especially to encourage them in knowing how much they are loved by Him.  Space is available for 32 retreatants. Registration is first come first served.
    If you are interested please email Bethanyretreat@op-tn.org and request information on the CWP Fall Retreat and we will contact you.  Please be sure to include your phone number for ease of contact if necessary.
  • March 25-27, 2022 St. Cecilia Academy and Overbrook School Retreat for DADS. After January 2022, call the school office for more details.
  • April 1-3, 2022, St. Cecilia Academy and Overbrook School Retreat for MOMS. After January 2022, call the school office for more details.
  • May 19-22, 2022 Catholic Medical Association Men's Retreat: Theme TBD.  Space is limited. Contact: Dr. Steve White, rswmd52@gmail.com 

For more information about Bethany Retreat House or the retreats available for your consideration, contact Sister Mary Evelyn at bethanyretreat@op-tn.org.