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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Come to a Retreat at Our Lady of Bethesda

Thanks, again, so much! This retreat has blessed my life."

- Anonymous

[This retreat] was such a life changing experience. I haven't known how to put it into words. I hope one day I can come again."

- Anonymous

What a phenomenal experience to attend a retreat here at Our Lady of Bethesda! I urge anyone who is considering a retreat to commit to one with this center. They have left a strong impact on my marriage and renewed spirituality as a couple. Even if you are skeptical, I guarantee they will impress you with their testimonies to faith and the Church. You will leave a different person, or different couple, after the weekend is over. Specifically the “Three to Get Married” retreat was what turned me on to Our Lady of Bethesda - but I will be back to participate in so much more!"

- Caroline Lawe

We've attended two marriage retreats here, one of which was our Pre-cana, and they both exceeded our expectations. They do an amazing job with the structure of the retreats, which tie together relationship psychology and faith. I cannot recommend this enough. If you're looking for a well planned, researched, structured, Catholic marriage retreat - you won't find better than this. Thank you for what you do!"

- Cynthia Rojas

I had an incredible retreat experience here! The retreat leaders did an amazing job, and I had a wonderful weekend of prayer and growing in my spiritual journey. Truly life-changing. Planning to return for my next retreat!"

- Elly Brown

I loved my “vacation with God.” This retreat center is top-notch! The talks by the retreat masters were truly incredible! The food was amazing! I will definitely come back!"

- Rebecca O'Hearn

A wonderful DMV GEM! Preaching is top notch, very well-run and organized! Don’t hesitate to sign up for any of their programs. I’ve been to a couple dozen and they’ve all exceeded my expectations. Perfect way to recharge."

- Jodi Longo

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

*Subject to changes based on holidays, etc.

Featured Programs

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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Strengthening Your Love Marriage Workshop

October 12-13, 2024

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OLB Online Retreat Center

We invite you to visit our Online Retreat Center, designed to provide you with the same life-changing experiences as our onsite programs, but from the comfort of your own home.


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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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Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center & Center for Family Development

When your marriage is strong...

Come to a Retreat at Our Lady of Bethesda

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.

Iris P.
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