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 via email [email protected]. 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 2019 – 2020 Events

Saturday, September 21, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Pilgrimage: A Walk Across Northern Spain

Susan Friesen

Santiago de Compostela is a centuries old destination for pilgrims strong in body and mind. Thousands continue to walk the same paths through mountains, valleys, villages, and farmland. Find out why so many are driven to accomplish this arduous journey.

Susan Friesen, a musician, retired teacher and principal gives a firsthand account of her spiritual trek from the French side of the Pyrenees Mountains to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. If you are contemplating the pilgrimage or just curious, Susan will share helpful advice and tips.


Saturday, November 30, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Advent Retreat: An Answer to Hopelessness

Directed by Deacon Scott Kolbet

Deacon Scott Kolbet can help find the answer to our worries and hopelessness by experiencing the joy of Jesus’s birth, our Savior and Redeemer. This Advent retreat may be just what we need to center ourselves on the ONE who is always present to give us courage, strength, and hope.

Scott Kolbet is an ordained deacon, serving at Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Portland and teaching religion at St. John Fisher School.


Saturday, April 4, 2020

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Faith, Humility, and Beauty of Science: The Revelation of the Mystery of the Universe and our Home, Planet the Earth

Brother Louis Nguyen, OSB

Brother Louis will show us just how the mysteries of science nurture our awareness of the awesome power and presence of God.

A refugee from Vietnam, he obtained his medical degree at UC Davis School of Medicine and completed medical residency in June 2011.

He is a Certified Member of the Board of Family Medicine. Among his many duties at the Abbey is overseeing the infirmary. He is an Adjunct Professor of Science in the Seminary, and has designed several college level courses that explore the relationship between science and religion.