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Our response to Coronavirus

Dear Friends, The safety and wellbeing of our community, staff, volunteers, retreatants, parishioners, is what matters most to us, particularly during this challenging time. We are closely monitoring the latest developments with the COVID-19 outbreak and we want to keep you updated on the steps we are taking to keep everyone safe. This means that Full Story

Solemnity of the Annunciation

Homily for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord 25 March 2020 As we all know, during the past couple of days more restrictions have been announced so as to cope with the corona virus. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening, we have been asked to keep the church closed. As a Full Story

Mass for 4th Sunday of Lent

Recorded video of today’s Mass for the 4th Sunday of Lent, with the Minsteracres Community can be viewed below on youtube. The mass was recorded this morning at 8:30 in the Community Chapel. You will also be able to access the recording from the YouTube website through this link. Please look out for daily reflections Full Story

Homily for 4th Sunday of Lent

We are happy to share with you a copy of Fr Jenish’s Homily for today’s Mass. The readings today are about seeing and not seeing, about what seems obvious but in fact hidden. I think that they are wonderful readings that deserve a lot of time, reflection and above all faith. Even Samuel did not Full Story

The God who speaks

As I am writing these words, the year is slowly coming to an end. For the wider Minsteracres family 2019 has been a year with many changes. We mourned the loss of Brian, Sr. Cecilia, Teresa, Monty and other dear friends. We also saw the departure of Margaret, Tony and Fr. Aloyce. On the other Full Story

Kwaheri Fr Aloyce

At the end of October Fr. Aloyce Babene left Minsteracres and returned to the Passionist community in his native Tanzania. Fr. Aloyce arrived in England at the end of 2015. During the first couple of years he combined his ministry in the retreat centre and parish with studies in Newcastle which he successfully completed with Full Story

Minsteracres welcomes new community members

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 Full Story

Enjoy some quiet time in a contemplative setting

More than two years have passed since the opening of the Monastery of Our Lady of Holy Hope. Apart from offering accommodation to Mothers Monica and Regina, the monastery also has a private room for guests to spend a day or a few hours in solitude and prayer with access to the monastic chapel. It Full Story

Support our Drive Fund

In the Summer Newsletter we announced the launch of our fundraising initiative to raise £60,000 to resurface our drive. The mile-long drive which connects the Retreat Centre with the A68 has deteriorated in recent years and needs urgent attention. We hope that the work can be done in the Spring of 2020, depending on the Full Story

Minsteracres welcomes the Lay Fraternity of Charles de Foucauld

Minsteracres welcomes the Lay Fraternity of Charles de Foucauld by Moira Potier This year it was the turn of the UK to host the biennial meeting of the European Delegates of the Lay Fraternity of Charles de Foucauld. The meeting is always followed by a holiday/retreat for members of the fraternities across Europe. It is Full Story