Our retreats


Volunteering rejuvenates!

  Daniela Lazin has been a volunteer at Minsteracres since 2002 and her story is interesting because it is so interconnected with other volunteers at Minsteracres. “I first came to Minsteracres in 2001 on a parish retreat from St Bede’s in Washington,” she says. “In those days it was a big group of around 70 Full Story

Passionist Partners

Last October Minsteracres hosted the second gathering of the Passionist Partners. This group was initiated last year by the Passionists of St. Joseph’s Province. It followed the awareness that the number of professed Passionists in this country is decreasing. At the same time we are aware that there are individuals and organisations who connect with Full Story

Blue Sky returns

The Blue Sky Trust, which works with people affected by HIV and AIDS, is among the groups which have become the outreach team’s regular visitors. The BST’s role is specifically to promote the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV, to empower young people to make safe and healthy relationship choices and to challenge stigma and raise awareness of Full Story


Sacred journey

‘The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the people of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ.’ These words mark the beginning of the document of the Second Vatican Council about Full Story

Can you help us conserve?

Sitting as it does in 110 acres, the estate at Minsteracres takes some managing. Over the last few years conservation consultant Andrew Pennington and his small band of conservation volunteers (nicknamed the volcons, with a nod to Star Trek) have made quite an impact. The volcons and visiting groups of volunteers take on the hard Full Story

In praise of Henry

The Let’s Get Growing team having been working hard lately, we have just weathered the hottest days (ooh we did wilt a bit) and the wettest this year. The Peace Garden however, is looking rather splendid given our combined efforts. We are beginning to harvest now, which is exciting. One of our number deserves a Full Story


Regular visitors back again

Three regular visitors have been back at Minsteracres this week. Fr Harry O’Reilly, with his colleagues Fr Pat McKenna and Fr Nelius O’Connor, all from the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, have been coming on retreat every year since the early 1970s, though for two of them their first visit was even earlier. “Back in Full Story

Of seeds and trees and fruits

As we are nearing the end of 2017 we are also reaching the finish of our ‘seeds of hope’ parish retreats. This year we have presented the theme to many groups on retreat here at Minsteracres and I must say, it’s rather sad to have to let it go for it’s been such fun and Full Story

What a day to remember

Minsteracres was delighted to be able to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the retreat house with some of the men who provided the labour to convert the old stables block back in the 1960s and their families. Bishop Seamus officiated at mass in St Elizabeths’s before blessing the building. Thanks to the Full Story


Carmelites tell of their calling

Recently Minsteracres hosted a large group of lay Carmelites who came from all over the country for their national gathering.  Curious about their motivations and intentions in being part of a lay order we asked some of them to tell us what had originally attracted them and how it enriched their lives to be a Full Story