- What facilities are available for guests at Clear Creek abbey?
We have a men’s guesthouse, a women’s guesthouse called “Bethany,” and a family guesthouse called “Saint Martha’s.” Saint Martha’s accepts families or large groups of the same sex. The men’s guesthouse accepts men, (or boys under supervision); likewise, Bethany accepts only women (or girls under the supervision of a guardian). See below for specifications on each of these guesthouses.
Reservations and preparations for your stay
- How do I make a reservation at the men’s guesthouse, at St. Martha’s or at Bethany?
Please send a message specifying the dates requested for the respective guesthouses and the general time of arrival (morning, afternoon, evening).
- What is the latest time I can arrive?
The guest master requests that the guests to arrive by 9pm. If a later arrival is foreseen, please discuss this with the guest master. If delays en route cause a late arrival, please phone the guest master (918 772-2454) before 9pm to arrange entry; after 9pm, phone the caretaker at 918 772-6010. Guests staying at the men’s guesthouse or at St Martha’s family guesthouse must have the gate opened for them if they arrive after hours.
- What time can I check in?
You can check in at basically any time during the day. Men staying at the guesthouse are asked to inform the guest master what time they are planning to arrive at the monastery.
The families at Saint Martha’s are free to arrive at any time during the day—however, if they arrive before noon, the housekeeping left by the previous party may not yet be done.
Women guests at Bethany arrange for their arrival with the caretaker, 918 772-6010.
- How should I prepare for my stay at the guesthouse?
At the men’s guesthouse and at Bethany, meals are served, and so one should pack as for a stay in a hotel; bedding, towels and meals come with the lodging. At the family guesthouse, bedding and towels are provided, but you must bring your own food and prepare it.
- How do I find the abbey?
Clear Creek Abbey is located in the countryside about twenty minutes’ drive north of Hulbert. Usually, the GPS systems recognize the Abbey’s address (5804 Monastery Road). However, as a backup, we advise newcomers to download the directions available on the Abbey’s website: www.clearcreekmonks.org/directions.
- What does one do during a retreat at the guesthouse of Clear Creek?
Guests are invited to attend all the Hours of the Divine Office throughout the day, as well as the low Masses (which start some time between 6:30 and 7am) and the High Mass at 10am. They are also invited to the monastic refectory to take their meals with the monks. Breakfast is taken in silence; for lunch and supper there is a reading during the meal. Finally, if they so desire, guests may work with the monks during the work period (3pm–4:15pm) or longer. For the rest of the day they are free to pray, read, walk, in short to spend their time as they see best. Spiritual direction and Confession can be obtained by request, either through the gatehouse or through the guest master.
- How much does it cost to stay at the men’s guesthouse?
We ask for $45 per night per person, which includes meals and lodging. It is sometimes possible to work for one’s stay; arrange this with the guest master.
Saint Martha’s family guesthouse
- How many beds are available in Saint Martha’s family guesthouse?
There are two bedrooms, both spacious, one upstairs and one downstairs. Each has a bathroom with shower. In the downstairs bedroom there are one queen-size bed, one twin-size bed and one bunk bed. In the upstairs bedroom there are five twin-size beds plus one bunk bed. In addition to these, there are two fold-out sofas in the living room downstairs, and an assortment of cots. Sheets and towels are provided for the occupants of Saint Martha’s.
Pets are not allowed into the house.
- What conveniences are supplied in the kitchen at Saint Martha’s?
Saint Martha’s kitchen has a small freezer, a refrigerator, a microwave, a blender, an oven and a stove, pots and pans, plus normal cooking utensils; there is also a washer and dryer. There are dishes for serving a family of twelve. Those staying at Saint Martha’s must provide themselves with all the food they need for their stay.
- How many people can Saint Martha’s accommodate?
There are eleven beds and two pull-out couches, plus two cots, which amounts to sleeping space for eighteen persons. In the case of a bigger group, please consult the guest master.
- How much does it cost to stay at Saint Martha’s guesthouse?
$40 per night per person, or $60 per night per family.
Bethany: women’s guesthouse
- What is Bethany?
Bethany is a small house situated right at the entrance of the Abbey property. The house is five minutes’ drive from the abbey church, and guests are welcome at the monastic offices at the abbey between low Masses (beginning some time between 6:30 and 7am) and Vespers (7pm). Bethany welcomes only women (or girls accompanied by a guardian) desiring to make a retreat. It is run by a woman caretaker who sleeps at the house and prepares the meals for guests. As in the monastic retreat house for men, breakfast is taken in silence; for lunch and dinner there is music or a reading. If they so desire, guests may assist with work, especially during the work period from 3pm to 5pm. For the rest of the day they are free to pray, read, walk, in short to spend their time as they see best. Spiritual direction and Confession can be arranged by request.
- How many beds are there at Bethany?
At Bethany there are four bedrooms and eight twin-size beds available. However, arrangements could be made to sleep up to twelve.
- How much does it cost to stay at the Bethany?
We ask for $45 per night per person at Bethany, and $65 per family. Arrangements of lodging fees can be made with the guest master for special situations.