Mission and Values


Mission Statement

Bethany Center supports the ministries of the Diocese of St. Petersburg.  We provide meeting spaces, overnight accommodations and catering services with generous hospitality in a spiritual atmosphere.  As a Retreat and Conference Facility, we welcome other faith traditions as well as non-profit, community organizations and others seeking fellowship, renewal and personal growth.


  • Our Catholic Identity We are a ministry of the Catholic Church and the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg. We provide a place to Gather, to be Nourished, so we can be Sent. St. James Chapel and the surrounding environment is a place of peace, tranquil beauty and spirituality which helps provide guidance for ministry.
  • Our Guest We welcome each guest with a spirit of service and hospitality, making their unique experience at Bethany Center special.
  • Our RelationshipsWe are part of the Catholic Church; the Diocese with its Parishes, Schools and Ministries and a member of the Reflections Community. Each individual who worships, visits, or influences Bethany Center is essential to our ministry and prosperity. We encourage our valued volunteers and paid staff to contribute to the best of their ability and by doing so grow personally, professionally, and spiritually with strong lasting bonds to ministry and Bethany Center.