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 calendar coming soon

Our 2018 – 2019 Events


Saturday, September 22, 2018

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Please note new time – 10:00 a.m. Start)

Music and Healing

Alison Balbag, PhD, DMA

Dr. Alison Balbag is a musician, health changemaker, educator, and arts advocate. With doctorates in both gerontology and harp performance, she investigates music’s influence on health and development across the lifespan. Dr. Balbag’s interdisciplinary music and science backgrounds grant her a unique insight into the arts, health, and wellness connection, and she regularly speaks at invited lectures and conferences. A harpist, she’s soloed with orchestras, won first place in several solo competitions, performed on-screen (Modern Family, Glee, PBS Great Performances), and played with artists ranging from Stevie Wonder to Pink Martini to LeVar Burton. Dr. Balbag also holds several film music credits and has recorded for companies such as Google. A strong advocate for the connection between the arts and health, her media coverage includes National Geographic, Psychology Today, Psychiatry Advisor, and The Californian. Dr. Balbag is a professor at the University of Southern California.



Saturday, December 1, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Advent Retreat: Waiting in Joyful Hope

Directed by Elaine Park, Theology Professor

Come and enjoy the peaceful message of Christ’s birth. A perfect time to prepare your heart for this joyous time. Before the rush of the Christmas season envelops your world, take time for a renewing pause. Dr. Elaine Park recently retired as Pastoral Associate at Christ the King. Dr. Park was a Theology Professor at University of Portland and Mt. Angel Seminary. She is currently a writer for Liturgical Training Publication (LTP) and Oregon Catholic Press board member.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Item viewing at 1:15 p.m. Tea at 2:00 p.m.

Valentine tea and prize drawing

Special feature: We continue to find new ways to reach out to those in need.  As a fundraiser to support our ESOL program, during the Tea you will have an opportunity to “take a chance” in drawings for various handcrafts made by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon. Seating is limited for the Valentine Tea. Fee: $30. Prepaid reservations are required by February 1.


Saturday, April 13, 2019

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Creativity and Drama

Jeanine Stassens

Jeanine Stassens is a storyteller, actress, drama director, educator and comedian as well as a SMV alumna. Enjoy being enthralled by hilarious accounts of her experiences of her career in education and the theater.  It will be a time to sit back, relax and be entertained. She earned a B.A. in English with a minor in theater. She taught drama at Hillsboro’s Glencoe High School from 1980-2003 and continued in the drama department part time until 2011.