A place to encounter Christ.

An Oasis Inside the Beltway of Washington D.C.

We share Christ’s love in our local community and
throughout the world.

Nestled within the shade of a quiet Bethesda neighborhood and minutes away from our Nation’s capital, Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center aspires to reveal Christ’s love to all who enter this sacred space. 

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Our Upcoming Events

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Plus! Join us for Noon Mass, Tuesday-Friday*

*Subject to changes based on holidays, etc.

Featured Programs

Tools of the ApostleHow to Evangelize a Post-Christian World

New Webinar Series!

Led by the knowledgeable Fr. Robert Presutti, "Tools of the Apostle" will explore an aspect of Christ's commission to make disciples of all the world and what that looks like in our current culture and civilization.

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The Week-Long Retreat

For Women: July 8-15, 2024 Learn more →


For Lay Men: July 22-28, 2024 Learn more →
For Catholic Priests: July 22-29, 2024 Learn more →
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The 19th Annotation Retreat

Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center now offers the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola as a nine-twelve month retreat in your daily life.

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Strengthening Your Love Marriage Workshop

October 12-13, 2024

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Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center & Center for Family Development

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Fr. Michael Sliney, LC on Radio Maria (August 15, 2022)

Grand! As always, it is difficult to get away, but so worth the trouble and time here to be renewed and to reconnect with the Lord.

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