Mar 2020

Quiet days of reflection during Lent

11/03/2020 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sr Anne McCarthy RSCJ

An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the countryside.

This day will run on Wednesday 11 March from 10am until 4pm, with lunch provided.

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Touching the water–praying with the icon of the Woman at the Well

13/03/2020 - 15/03/2020 7:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Magdalen Lawler SND & Tom McGuinness SJ

This gospel story is the key focus of the third Sunday of Lent. We will explore it using scripture, music, poetry and other images. The icon was gifted to the Retreat Association in 2018. Since then it has been the focus of prayer in many cathedrals and retreat centres. For our retreat weekend it will be resting at Minsteracres.

Magdalen Lawler SND is a Sister of Notre Dame. She has taught art and religious studies and worked in retreats, spiritual direction and student chaplaincy. She has a special interest in women’s spirituality and its the relationship with the visual arts.

Tom McGuinness SJ is a former director of St Beuno’s Spirituality Centre and of the Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow. He is currently a member of the Jesuit Final Formation Team based at Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality in Dublin. Tom has written and recorded many reflection songs for prayer, which will be part of this retreat.

This retreat will start on Friday 13th March at 7pm and end on Sunday 15th March at 4pm

Suggested donation: £150

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Quiet days of reflection during Lent

18/03/2020 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sr Sheila McNamara RSCJ

An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the countryside.

This day will run on Wednesday 18 March from 10am until 4pm, with lunch provided.

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A contemplative response to the climate crisis

25/03/2020 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Patrick Woodhouse

A day to reflect on the extent of the climate crisis and its effect on us, and how, as people of faith, we might shape our response to it.

Patrick Woodhouse is a writer and Anglican priest. He is the author of Etty Hillesum, a Life Transformed, and Life in the Psalms, Contemporary Meaning in Ancient Texts. Both are published by Bloomsbury.

Wednesday 25 March, 10am – 4pm

Suggested donation £30

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Apr 2020

Quiet days of reflection during Lent

01/04/2020 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Kathryn Turner

An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the countryside.

This day will run on Wednesday 1 April from 10am until 4pm, with lunch provided.

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Walking retreat

04/04/2020 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Minsteracres team.

Enjoy a walk of seven to ten miles through the beautiful countryside around Minsteracres, with time for prayer, reflection and sharing of the beauty of creation. You will need suitable walking boots and warm, weatherproof clothing. Please bring a packed lunch.

This walking retreat will take place on Saturday 4th April starting at 10:00am and ending at 5:00pm.

Suggested donation: £10

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Holy Week Retreat

09/04/2020 - 12/04/2020 6:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Minsteracres team

Join us for the Passover meal and Easter Triduum as we accompany Jesus on the way of the cross and on to his resurrection.

This retreat will run from Thursday 9 April at 6.30pm until Sunday 12 April at 2pm.

Suggested donation:  £200

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Horror and humour in the Bible

17/04/2020 - 19/04/2020 12:00 am

Rev. John Bell

To the casual reader, humour in the Bible can be totally lost, mostly because we have a habit, when reading privately, of hearing the dullest lector or priest reading the verses in a monotone. But the humour is there, in the Old Testament and in the New for those who have ears to hear.

Horror – as bloodshed, lightning bolts, the cursing of enemies – is more commonly known, and we may well wonder what it’s doing there if God is a God of love. But by taking a cool look at these awkward texts, we can find in them resources for faith rather than for doubt. In this retreat we will deal boldly with both.

Rev John Bell is a member of the Iona Community’s Wild Goose Resource Group, hymn
writer, author and occasional broadcaster.

This retreat will start on Friday 17 April at 7 pm and end on Sunday 19 April at 2 pm

Suggested donation: £155

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Day of prayer

22/04/2020 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sr Rosarie Spence RSM

This day enables you to experience different ways of praying in a beautiful setting and gives you time for quiet personal prayer. A light lunch, tea and coffee are provided.

Wednesday 22 April, 10am – 4pm

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May 2020

Two doves on the chalice

13/05/2020 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Terry Doyle

Two doves on the chalice–inner healing for compassionate outreach

During this day Terry will explore the need for a contemplative response to the problems of our society. By learning to heal our wounds and strengthen our inner connection with the Love that we are, we can become a force for good within our own communities.

Terry will speak to us about his experiences working alongside some of the most marginalized people in his community, helping with homelessness, addiction and isolation. The day will open and close with a period of silent meditation.

Terry Doyle is a Benedictine Oblate of the World Community of Christian Meditation and complements his experience in holistic therapies with a passion for social justice. He chairs his local Caritas Social Action Group and is developing a Positive Pathways Project in Middlesbrough, helping those living on the margins of society. He is an experienced workshop and retreat leader.

Wednesday 13 May, 10am – 4pm

Suggested donation: £30

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