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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Continuity and strength

A group of Darlington and District Methodist ministers of have been considering ‘holiness and justice’, the current theme for this year’s president and vice president of the Methodist Conference, during their stay with us this week. Regular visitors among them have been delighted with the upgrade to the facilities, with special mention of the lovely Full Story

Fr Joe returns to his roots

Minsteracres is no stranger to returning migrants. Among others we’ve just welcomed the swallows back and the sheep have returned to the fields with their new lambs. One returnee took a little longer to find his way back however. Fr Joe Crawford first came here from 1963-1965 as a student, having begun his training the previous Full Story

Marvellous Minsteracres

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Herne Bay parish has been taking annual holiday retreat weeks at the Passionist Monastery at Minsteracres, Co. Durham since 1963 but some of our congregation may be a little unsure of what that involves.  We decided to ask one of the regular retreat participants what actually happens there and Full Story

Volunteer blogspot Dianne Keetch

Dianne Keetch blogs about working in the Peace Garden. Last week she told us about garden scarecrow Tatiana's Spring makeover. This week, Tatiana's friend and rival Jezebel gets her own new wardrobe.

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