Order of St Anne at Bethany (OSA)

Introduction to the community

We are a small multi-cultural community of women committed to witnessing to the truth that, as Christians, we belong to this age, this society; and that it is here and now that we demonstrate to the Church and the world that the Religious Life lived in community is relevant, interesting, fulfilling and needed in our world and our times.

We are three Filipinas and one Bahamian, and we strive to recognize and value the diversity of persons and gifts. We believe that God has a vision for each one of us and that opportunities to serve the Church and the world are abundant. For this to become real, we know that our spirits and hearts must be enlarged to fit the dimensions of our Church in today’s world and the great vision that God has prepared for our Order. We are especially grateful for our continuing ministry within the Diocese of Massachusetts and with the Bethany House of Prayer. In this, we are assisted and encouraged by our four Alongsiders, our Associates, our Bishops and the clergy who minister to us.

The Rule of the Order of St Anne says our houses may be small, but our hearts are larger than houses. Our community has always been ‘people-oriented’ and we derive a sense of joy and satisfaction in offering hospitality at our Convent, at the Bethany House of Prayer and in our beautiful chapel.

Always constant in our lives are our personal prayer and our corporate worship, our vows of Poverty, Celibacy and Obedience, our commitment to spiritual growth and development of mind and talents, and our fellowship with one another and other Religious communities, as friends and sisters.

Contact details

781 643 0921
781 648 4547

Address: 25 Hillside Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476-5818, USA

Community information

Date of foundation:

Bishop Visitor: Rt Revd Alan M. Gates, Bishop of Massachusetts


Sister Johanna OSA (editor), A Theme for Four Voices, privately printed, Arlington, Mass., 1985

Revd Charles C Hefling & Sister Ana Clara OSA, Catch the Vision: celebrating a century of the Order of St Anne, Order of St Anne-Bethany, Arlington, Massachusetts, 2010

Third Order, Fellowship, Associates

We have an Associate program and continue to receive men and women into this part of our life.