by Mary Flynn, Archivist
This beautiful view of the Okanagan Valley is from the Seton House of Prayer in Kelowna, British Columbia. Originally opened at the request of Bishop Emmett Doyle in 1974 in Summerland, BC, the Seton House of Prayer was named after Saint Elizabeth Seton with her spirit of hospitality as their guiding principle.
The House of Prayer offered spiritual workshops, courses, and retreats. After several expansions to the Summerland facility to meet growing demand, the new House of Prayer opened in Kelowna, BC in 1986. The new facility was built in 160 acres of wooded land overlooking Okanagan Lake, the city of Kelowna, and mountains.
After 21 years of providing a welcoming space for thousands of people seeking peace and spiritual renewal, the last Sister left the House of Prayer in 1995. The Elizabeth Seton House of Prayer continues under the auspices of the Catholic Diocese of Nelson.