We are a Christian place of prayer with a resident community rooted in the Roman Catholic Passionist tradition. We welcome people who share our values and we invite you to enjoy our hospitality.

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At Minsteracres you can choose an individual or group retreat, organise your own event, or simply enjoy this beautiful place. Browse all retreats

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Minsteracres is a beautiful 110 acre estate in the land of the Northern Saints. Within our historic buildings and estate we have space for prayer and rooms to hire for retreats and events.

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In grateful memory to Brian Alderson

On 25 January we received the sad news of the death of our dear friend and community member Brian Alderson. Although he hadn’t been well for a while, his death came as a great shock. Brian first came to Minsteracres as a retreatant many years ago and didn’t like it! But he came back and Full Story

Passionist Jubilee Icon

By Fr Jeroen Hoogland cp, Rector In 2020 we will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the foundation of the Passionist Congregation. November 22nd 1720 is considered to be the moment when it began. On that day St. Paul of the Cross was clothed in a black habit to mark the start of his life as Full Story

Daring Disciples are taking off…

By Elisabeth van Dijl During the first weekend of March we welcomed about 25 Friends of Minsteracres to our first ‘Daring Disciples’ retreat of the year. With this theme we want to connect with the missionary discipleship initiatives in the Hexham & Newcastle Diocese. The word ‘daring’ was added both as a dare to all Full Story

Tree planting day, 21 February 2019

On a glorious and unusually warm February day (15°C plus,) 25 of us; community, staff, volunteers, friends and Tynedale Horticulture Services gathered to plant 30 oak trees.  Each tree is approximately 4 years old and has been planted in the parkland at Minsteracres.  Each year we aim to plant as many new trees as we Full Story

Time to say ‘Thank you and goodbye’ to Andy Pennington

Andy Pennington our conservation consultant is moving on to pastures new and in this article we wanted to say ‘Thank you’ to him and all the conservation volunteers who have worked so hard in all weathers to make the estate at Minsteracres a better place for all to visit and enjoy. Sitting in 110 acres, Full Story

Volunteer blogspot Dianne Keetch

Dianne Keetch blogs about working in the Peace Garden. Here she talks about how finding a marble reminded her of an old Geordie poem and how memories help reminiscence.

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