September saw the arrival of three new community members. First we welcomed Pavan and Tina Martin. Earlier this year they already spent five months at Minsteracres. Having been successful in obtaining their UK visas they were able to return for two years. Pavan and Tina come from a small village in the foothills of the Himalayas in Himachal Prades, the northern state of India. Before coming to the UK they worked as ESL teachers in Thailand for almost two decades.
Their association with Minsteracres started a few years ago. ‘We came to Minsteracres on a retreat for the first time in 2012 and again in 2014 with a friend from Liverpool,’ they shared, ‘and we fell in love with the place and the community! Minsteracres has been a place of spiritual refreshment for us. We have always found it very inspirational. It is a place where God’s love is shared with people from different backgrounds. We find ourselves blessed and are very grateful to the parish and community for having us. We enjoy engaging ourselves, sharing and learning, following His way into Discipleship through service. ‘
A week later we welcomed Fr. Jenish, a Passionist priest, from the south of India. Before coming to Minsteracres he had been working with the young Passionist students in their pursuit of becoming Passionist religious and did so for about ten years. Then he was appointed as the Secretary of the Indian Passionist Vice-Province of St. Thomas for the last couple of years.
‘I joined the community at Minsteracres little more than a month ago. I am glad that I have reached this place of peace,’ Fr. Jenish said. ‘These are still my early days. But it has been a great rewarding experience overall. I am grateful for the collaboration, goodwill, humour and hospitality of everyone I meet at Minsteracres. The natural beauty is rare which has the ability to connect with my own spirituality, people and deepen the common love for the earth. I am looking forward to discovering new experiences and render my service. Let us continue to support the centre through our prayers and presence.’
We wish our new arrivals a fruitful time at Minsteracres and pray that their presence will bring many blessings.