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 Mass (beginning sometime between 6:30 and 7 AM) and 7 PM. Bethany welcomes only women (or girls accompanied by a guardian) desiring to make a retreat. Meals are provided. 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 fit. Confession is available daily, ands spiritual direction can be arranged by request.
Bethany has four bedrooms, each with two twin beds. The second bed of each room is in a private alcove. Two of the rooms have bathroom, sink and shower which are shared between guests. The normal capacity is eight guests, however, arrangements could be made to sleep up to ten.
We suggest $50 per night per person at Bethany, and $75 per family. Arrangements of lodging fees can be made with the Guest Master for special situations.
Guests may check in between 3PM and 9PM; checkout is before the end of High Mass (10AM-11AM).
How do I find the Abbey?A Monk2022-03-29T11:58:29-05:00
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, we advise newcomers to download the directions available on the Abbey’s website: www.clearcreekmonks.org/directions.
How do I make a reservation?A Monk2022-03-07T16:59:06-06:00
For the Men’s Guesthouse: We suggest $50 per night per person for those staying in the main guest house, $40 for those at the old monastery; this includes meals and lodging. It is sometimes possible to work for one’s stay; you may arrange this with the guest master.
For St. Martha’s Guesthouse: $100 per family; for groups: $30 per person.
For St. Mary’s Guesthouse: $60 for a smaller room; $80 for a suite; $400 per night for the whole cabin for families and $40 per person for groups over 10.
For Bethany: $50 per person. Arrangements of lodging fees can be made with the guest master for special situations (e.g., for a family sharing a room $75 per night).
How should I prepare for my stay at the guesthouse?A Monk2022-04-11T12:24:02-05:00
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. The men’s guesthouse and family guest cabins have washers and dryers available with all the needed supplies.
For those who will be coming by plane, renting a car is the best option for a short visit.
Men staying at the Guest House may, alternatively, take a taxi, Uber or Lyft to the Abbey. Note that one cannot be picked up from the Abbey by Uber or Lyft due to its remote location unless this is arranged beforehand. The Guest Master will in most cases be able to arrange for a ride back to the airport as long as it is not on a Sunday or Feast day nor too early in the morning (before 10AM). If the above options are not possible, ask the Guest Master about arranging a ride to and from the airport.
Women guests staying at Bethany should have their own means of transportation during their stay since the women’s guesthouse is one mile from the Abbey by a dirt road with two steep hills in between.
What does one do during a retreat at the guesthouse of Clear Creek?A Monk2022-03-07T16:55:44-06:00
Guests are invited to attend all the Hours of the Divine Office throughout the day, as well as the low Masses (which start sometime 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 fit. Spiritual direction and Confession can be obtained by request, either through the gatehouse or through the guest master.
We have a men’s guesthouse, a women’s guesthouse called “Bethany,” and two family guesthouses called “Saint Martha’s” and “Saint Mary’s.” Saint Martha’s and St. Mary’s accept families or large groups of the same sex. The men’s guesthouse accepts men, (or boys under supervision of a guardian); likewise, Bethany accepts only women (or girls under the supervision of a guardian).
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 Mass (beginning sometime between 6:30 and 7 AM) and 7 PM. Bethany welcomes only women (or girls accompanied by a guardian) desiring to make a retreat. Meals are provided. 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 fit. Spiritual direction and Confession can be arranged by request.
What is the latest time I can arrive?A Monk2022-03-28T11:58:11-05:00
The Guest Master requests that guests arrive before 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, at St Martha’s or St. Mary’s family guesthouses must have the gate opened for them if they arrive after hours.
What time can I check in?A Monk2022-03-28T11:56:13-05:00
You can check in to the men’s guesthouse at basically any time during the day. Men staying at the guesthouse are asked to inform the guest master of what time they plan to arrive at the monastery.
Check in at Saint Martha’s and Saint Mary’s: between 3PM and 9PM; checkout before High Mass.
Check in at at Bethany : between 3PM and 9PM; checkout before High Mass.
Building Something Beautiful For God –
To Last A Thousand Years
Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey is a Benedictine community belonging to the Solesmes Congregation and, like other monasteries of the Solesmes Congregation, is to be counted among the institutes entirely ordered towards contemplation. It was founded in 1999 from the Abbey of Our Lady of Fontgombault in France and is located in the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clear Creek became an abbey in 2010 and counts 55 monks, who devote themselves to God alone in the hidden life, in silence and solitude, in constant prayer and willing penance.
After twenty years of existence, we are happy, by the grace of God, to have completed two large buildings and a sizable portion of our abbatial church. We completed the “Chapter House” in 2023 to accommodate the growing number of monks and provide a Sacristy, Infirmary, classrooms and the Chapter itself. Please help us continue this arduous, but important work for the glory of God.
Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey
5804 W Monastery Road
Hulbert, OK 74441-5698
Phone (918) 772-2454