With the rush of the Christmas season tapping at the door, the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon are offering an Advent Retreat to help remind the faithful of the blessings that come as we wait with Mary for the birth of our greatest blessing.

The retreat will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Bethany Center, which is located at the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Motherhouse building, located on Murray Boulevard between TV Highway and Farmington Road in Beaverton.

The retreat will be directed by Holy Cross Father Charles Gordon. Ordained in 1987, he taught theology in Kenya, earned a doctorate at Cambridge University and eventually found his way to the University of Portland, where he teaches theology and Catholic literature.

To register for Bethany Center workshops, contact Sister Barbara Rose Sohler at 503-644-9181 or by email at bethanycenter@ssmo.org. Free-will offerings are gladly accepted.