The Bethany Retreat House serves as a quiet place in the midst of demanding lives where people can find both space and resources for prayer and reflection. Rooted in the mission of Jesus Christ and the tradition of Blessed Catherine Kasper, Bethany is dedicated to help individuals nurture their inner life and respond to the God who dwells within.  Bethany impacts the community by helping people find their own peaceful center so that they can be a person of peace and love in their dealings with others.


The following is a list of recent and ongoing activities at the Bethany Retreat House.  These activities exemplify the positive impact that the Bethany Retreat House has on the East Chicago community.


  • Lenten evening of reflection: March 20 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Participants will be invited into quiet time in which to prayerfully reflect on the experience of someone in the passion story. When the group regathers, it will tell the story of Jesus’ passion from the perspective of these gospel figures.


  • Ongoing opportunity for personal  daytime silent  retreats on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 9:00am – 5:00pm


  • Ongoing spiritual direction, by appointment.


  • Annual Volunteer Garden Day May 1st 9:00-1:30 to spruce up the meditation garden for summer guests.


Sister Michele Dvorak, a counselor at Bethany Retreat House states that “Bethany Retreat House makes the world a better place on a daily basis by providing men and women with opportunities to explore their spirituality, thus contributing to a more peaceful culture in East Chicago and beyond. The gift that Foundations of East Chicago provides both helps to balance the Bethany budget and to effect change in the community where spirituality is so desperately needed.”


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