People stories


Enter into the peace

“People are living in the midst of so much noise, that simply experiencing the peace and space which Minsteracres has in abundance offers a real boost,” says volunteer Sister Rosarie Spence who leads the quiet days. “What you get here is peace like nowhere else,” agrees Shirley Mansfield, a retired paediatrician working with Freedom from Full Story

Mary’s photo finish

Minsteracres’ Peace Garden, designed and created by Lya Vollering, a lay member of the community, with horticultural expertise and considerable muscle from Ross Menzies and Katrina Padmore of community gardeners Let’s Get Growing, is proving something of a haven. As it approaches its fifth growing season, it’s clear to see what a change this 1.7 Full Story

New beginnings, by Minsteracres board chair Claire Morgan

Recent articles in this magazine by Bronwen Calvert highlighting the benefits of quietness to spirituality, led me to think that readers might be interested in hearing about Minsteracres Retreat Centre and recent developments there. Minsteracres Retreat Centre is a Grade 11 listed property set in 110 acres of gardens, woodland and pastureland in the hills Full Story


Lya leaves her mark

Liverpool might seem a long way from Minsteracres Retreat Centre near Consett, but Lya Vollering is making the journey to establish a new community, taking with her the skills she has developed during ten years as a lay member at Minsteracres. She leaves behind her a legacy of hard work and determination. Her early involvement Full Story

My time at Minsteracres

I have to admit that it feels kind of weird writing this. Not necessarily the writing itself, as I’ve grown accustomed to putting my thoughts onto paper by now, but the knowledge that this is meant as a summary of the great number of experiences I’ve had over the last ten weeks. But let’s start Full Story

From Finland with love

Finnish students Janne and Ella Henriksson were stuck. Janne needed to find an eight week placement in an English speaking country as part of his studies to become an English teacher, but none had been forthcoming. Since Ella herself is studying to be a music teacher, she was free to join Janne, but they hadn’t Full Story


Community life

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in a Christian community? One of a group of nine religious and lay members, Sister Therese O’Regan here at Minsteracres can’t praise it enough. Three years ago, after 36 years of active missionary life in Africa where she was part of a busy village, Therese got Full Story

Memories for Life

We are entering the season of Lent, the 40 days of preparation for Easter. During this time the memory of Jesus in his passion and death receives a special focus. This memory is more than a looking back to the cruel end of the life of a man who lived in Palestine, 2000 years ago. Full Story