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Mass for Palm Sunday 5th April 2020

It is the first time this is happening in my life! I could never ever imagine there would be a situation like this! How much I miss!  These are some of the very emotional expressions that are being articulated these days, as the world faces a lock down, and especially in the context of Holy Full Story

Update on the estate

Late last year we acquired 3 Exmoor ponies from a scheme called ‘Flexigraze’ designed to promote conservation grazing, which in turn helps to create more diverse habitat for wildlife.  Since then we have acquired one more pony and a small flock of 23 sheep.  They have all settled in well to the parkland to the Full Story

Walled Garden Developments

by Lya Vollering, Michael O’Halloran & Scott Haddow Following several visits last year to Minsteracres, spending time with the Community and meeting members of the Board of Trustees, Michael & Scott joined Lya to further the development of the Eco-community based in the Walled Garden.   The aim of the Eco-community is to provide a Full Story


In Grateful Memory of Fr John Sherrington CP

On 4 February we received the sad news of the death of Fr. John Sherrington. He died peacefully after battling Parkinson’s Disease for a number of years. Fr. John was an outstanding Passionist. In his role as Provincial Superior of St. Joseph’s Province he played an important role in enabling Minsteracres Retreat Centre to become Full Story

Outreach Team Update

We were very sad when one of our valued team members, Moira Waugh died on 28th December 2019, after a long illness.  Moira was my first outreach volunteer, and she was a godsend from the start. Moira used her personal qualities and professional skills, gained through years of nursing, to draw close to people, providing Full Story

Minsteracres Kitchen Team

At the end of December, there was an opportunity to reshape the catering team and after lots of discussion, April and John agreed that they would like the chance to job share the role. Both bring the required skill set for this. April has been long established as a cook here and knows the place, Full Story


The God Who Speaks…

At the end of February, when the snow was still on the ground, we welcomed our Friends of Minsteracres to this year’s Themed Retreat with the title “The God who Speaks”. You might wonder how we choose each year’s theme. This time we linked our theme to the year of rediscovery of the Holy Scriptures, Full Story

Challenging times…

This edition of our newsletter appears at a challenging time. I write these words a couple of days after we decided to cancel all retreat activity till the end of April and after I received the bishops’ decision to suspend all acts of public worship for the foreseeable future. When you read these words other Full Story

Mass for 4th Sunday of Lent

Recorded video of today’s Mass for the 4th Sunday of Lent, with the Minsteracres Community can be viewed below on youtube. The mass was recorded this morning at 8:30 in the Community Chapel. You will also be able to access the recording from the YouTube website through this link. Please look out for daily reflections Full Story


Our response to Coronavirus

Dear Friends, The safety and wellbeing of our community, staff, volunteers, retreatants, parishioners, is what matters most to us, particularly during this challenging time. We are closely monitoring the latest developments with the COVID-19 outbreak and we want to keep you updated on the steps we are taking to keep everyone safe. This means that Full Story