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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The God who speaks

As I am writing these words, the year is slowly coming to an end. For the wider Minsteracres family 2019 has been a year with many changes. We mourned the loss of Brian, Sr. Cecilia, Teresa, Monty and other dear friends. We also saw the departure of Margaret, Tony and Fr. Aloyce. On the other Full Story

Kwaheri Fr Aloyce

At the end of October Fr. Aloyce Babene left Minsteracres and returned to the Passionist community in his native Tanzania. Fr. Aloyce arrived in England at the end of 2015. During the first couple of years he combined his ministry in the retreat centre and parish with studies in Newcastle which he successfully completed with Full Story

Minsteracres welcomes new community members

September saw the arrival of three new community members. First we welcomed Pavan and Tina Martin. Earlier this year they already spent five months at Minsteracres. Having been successful in obtaining their UK visas they were able to return for two years. Pavan and Tina come from a small village in the foothills of the Full Story

Enjoy some quiet time in a contemplative setting

More than two years have passed since the opening of the Monastery of Our Lady of Holy Hope. Apart from offering accommodation to Mothers Monica and Regina, the monastery also has a private room for guests to spend a day or a few hours in solitude and prayer with access to the monastic chapel. It 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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