Established by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon in 1991, Bethany Center provides lifelong learning opportunities, personal and social transformation, and deepens the understanding of the Word of God and the implication of the Gospel in our world today.  Bethany Center is a place of hospitality, spiritual refreshment and learning, a catalyst for mission.

Unless otherwise indicated, Bethany Center presentations take place in the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Motherhouse building, located on Murray Blvd. between TV Highway and Farmington Rd.

To register for Bethany Center workshops, please contact Sister Noreen Orazio at 503-644-9181 or by email at Free-will offerings are gladly accepted.

To further enrich our campus and community, the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Foundation hosts a companion speaker series.

Our 2017-2018 Events


Affordable Housing in Beaverton: The Growing Need  | Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017

The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon opened their 2017-2018 Bethany Center series with a presentation by Joe Vennes, senior portfolio manager for REACH CDC (Community Development Corp), a non-profit with a mission to create quality, affordable housing and opportunities for individuals, families and communities to thrive. He discussed the need for affordable housing and what his company does to help address these concerns in the Beaverton area.


Advent Retreat | Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Fr. Rick Sirianni, a diocesan priest who has served as a chaplain and counselor in the military as well as a pastor in the Archdiocese of Portland, shared insights on the season of Advent.  His homiletic skills provided memorable aids to enhance preparation for Christmas.

Photo of Fr. Rick Sirianni courtesy of the Catholic Sentinel.


Valentine Tea | Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 | 1:15-4:00 p.m.

Bethany Center was proud to host one of its most popular events: a Valentine English Tea.

In addition to enjoying culinary treats lovingly prepared by the Sisters, guests had an opportunity during the tea to “take a chance” in drawings for various handcrafts made by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon to benefit our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.

Prospective guests are advised to register early for this annual popular event. Our 2018 Valentine Tea was sold out.



The Wonders of the Earth and Creation | Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Sr. Angela Hoffman, OSB, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Portland, will share discoveries and insights into the mysteries of this amazing planet and how we can better nurture it with respect and care.

Photo of Sr. Angela Hoffman by Jerome Hart; courtesy the University of Portland.