People stories


Extending our welcome

Here at Minsteracres Marian Fletcher has been trialing a new volunteer role of hospitality facilitator to fill the gap left by Sister Therese when she moved to a new position last autumn. It quickly became apparent that Sr Therese had been something of a human dynamo, not only heading up our front of house presence Full Story

Can you help our housekeepers?

It’s fair to say we couldn’t have got the retreat house ready in time for our first group of the year without the help of a small army of volunteers. On standby for two days, they were finally able to get to grips with the big clean with hours to go, and they did us Full Story

Summer visitors fly the nest

It’s the end of the summer and the swallows are gathering on the telephone wires waiting to leave. Here at Minsteracres we’re anticipating the departure of two other summer visitors. Arek Galka and Radek Mucha, both training to become priests in the Passionist monastery in Warsaw, have spent the month of August with the resident Full Story


Help us build a garden sanctuary

A ground breaking nature-based therapeutic initiative to support people with varying health needs, including those with stress related illness, depression and dementia, needs your help. Let’s Get Growing, a social enterprise run by Ross Menzies and Katrina Padmore, here at Minsteracres has just received planning permission to erect a timber framed workspace in the peace Full Story

Sister Cecilia

Sister Cecilia celebrates

November 22 is St Cecilia’s day, the patron saint of musicians. It also happens to be the birthday of our own Sister Cecilia. We hope you’ll join us in wishing her happy birthday! Hopefully the weather will be kind today and she will be able to enjoy the day with the rest of the community. Full Story

It’s life changing

The open and inclusive nature of the community here at Minsteracres has been a feature of life here from the time that the existing Passionist community opened its doors to the wider world in the late 1960s. One expression of this openness is the embracing of ordained deacons: men from among the parish who can Full Story


In grateful remembrance

The fine weather this year offered great opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the grounds. Regularly I noticed that people stopped and spent time in the peace garden. Some did this in order to pay a visit to the tree they donated in memory of a loved one. Trees planted in remembrance are a living Full Story

Happy campers

Sixty  7-11 year olds, ‘happy campers’ came to Minsteracres for a week in August for the Salvation Army’s annual junior camp. The week is popular not just with the youngsters, but with the leaders who accompany them. They are volunteers and give up a week of their annual holiday to come. In charge for the Full Story

Summer visitors Jakub and Arek

For the last couple of years our community has been boosted in the summer with visitors who come to experience community life and to offer practical help during our busiest months. Two of this year’s summer visitors are Jakub Barczentewicz and Arkadiusz (Arek) Galka from Poland. Both men are training to be priests in the Full Story


Meet the retreat team

The new year brought with it a new retreat team. Joining regulars Fr Jeroen, Sr Therese and Sr Cecilia are part-time community members Pat Alderson, Elisabeth van Dijl, David Ross and parishioner Ann Darlington. Pat has been involved in her own parish in Stockton on Tees for some years, as well as helping out here Full Story