Betania and Servant of God Maria Esperanza

Servant of God Maria Esperanza

Maria Esperanza was given the privilege of many spiritual gifts. Along with the gifts of prophecy, reading souls and bi-location, Maria Esperanza received visions of the Blessed Mother.  In 1984, the Virgin appeared to over 100 people in Betania as Mary, Virgin and Mother, Reconciler of All Peoples and Nations.  Read more about her incredible life as a wife, mother and mystic.  Fr. Timothy Byerley, author of Maria Esperanza and The Grace of Betania, is the Vice Postulator for the Cause for Beatification of Servant of God Maria Esperanza.

Find out about the Betania Foundation and their work to continue the mission of Maria Esperanza and help the poor, disadvantaged and most of all promote the cause of family unity and reconciliation.


Maria Esperanza

Prayer for Beatification of Servant of God Maria Esperanza

Merciful Father, You blessed Maria Esperanza with an abundance of
spiritual gifts for the consolation of your people. She served You as
wife, mother, and missionary to promote the unity of the family and
the reconciliation of all peoples. You enabled her to be the central
figure in the manifestations of the Virgin Mary, under the title of
Reconciler of all Peoples and Nations, in Betania. Grant us the grace
to follow her example of humility, hope, and unconditional love.

Through the intercession of your servant, Maria Esperanza, we pray for
the healing and reconciliation of our families, and for the fraternal
unity of the entire human family.

Especially, we beseech You to grant us the favors we now request
(mention your intentions here) through the merits and prayers of your
servant. Likewise, we humbly implore that she be inscribed in the
Church’s catalogue of saints, as a universal model of the beatitudes.

We pray all this according to your holy will, cherished by your
servant until the end, through Jesus Christ, your Son, Our Lord.

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be.

Experience Betania Firsthand

First and foremost you will be able to pray at the Grotto, the site of the apparitions of Our Lady and numerous miracles. Besides the grotto and adjoining chapel, the family has developed many devotional areas at the Shrine. They include the Cenacle; a beautiful octogonal building that commemorates the Last Supper and site of the Descent of the Holy Spirit. outdoor Stations of the Cross along the paths up the hillside, outddor gardens dedicted to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and the Archangels, a replica of the Holy House of Loreto,  several meditation gardens and much more...  We will visit and pray at the gravesite of Servant of God Maria Esperanza with her family. We will travel to Los Teques to the Convent of the Augustinian Nuns where we will see the Eucharistic Miracle that occurred at the Shrine reserved in their chapel. There will be time to meet with the daughters and family members of Maria Esperanza and pray with them in a personal way that is not possible in a large retreat. Our visit will include a concert by the  beautiful and talented Betania Choir.

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Pathway featuring the Stations of the Cross

The Cenacle


Ceiling of the Cenacle


Life size replica of the Holy House of Loretto, the house where the Blessed Mother lived and raised Our Lord.

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Interior of the Holy House of Loreto


Relax on the beautiful veranda adjoining the retreat house.


Site of the appearance of Mary, Reconciler of All Peoples and Nations


"The Land of Grace" The beautiful, lush landscape of Finca Betania