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Can you help us conserve?

Sitting as it does in 110 acres, the estate at Minsteracres takes some managing. Over the last few years conservation consultant Andrew Pennington and his small band of conservation volunteers (nicknamed the volcons, with a nod to Star Trek) have made quite an impact. The volcons and visiting groups of volunteers take on the hard Full Story

In praise of Henry

The Let’s Get Growing team having been working hard lately, we have just weathered the hottest days (ooh we did wilt a bit) and the wettest this year. The Peace Garden however, is looking rather splendid given our combined efforts. We are beginning to harvest now, which is exciting. One of our number deserves a Full Story

Regular visitors back again

Three regular visitors have been back at Minsteracres this week. Fr Harry O’Reilly, with his colleagues Fr Pat McKenna and Fr Nelius O’Connor, all from the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, have been coming on retreat every year since the early 1970s, though for two of them their first visit was even earlier. “Back in Full Story


Of seeds and trees and fruits

As we are nearing the end of 2017 we are also reaching the finish of our ‘seeds of hope’ parish retreats. This year we have presented the theme to many groups on retreat here at Minsteracres and I must say, it’s rather sad to have to let it go for it’s been such fun and Full Story

What a day to remember

Minsteracres was delighted to be able to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the retreat house with some of the men who provided the labour to convert the old stables block back in the 1960s and their families. Bishop Seamus officiated at mass in St Elizabeths’s before blessing the building. Thanks to the Full Story

Carmelites tell of their calling

Recently Minsteracres hosted a large group of lay Carmelites who came from all over the country for their national gathering.  Curious about their motivations and intentions in being part of a lay order we asked some of them to tell us what had originally attracted them and how it enriched their lives to be a Full Story


You’ll get more than you give!

We are looking for volunteers! Jean Haldane, our volunteer coordinator, explains, “Since I started at Minsteracres about five years ago the need for volunteers has increased because we have become much busier and we need help in more areas. “In addition to the dining room, we need support in housekeeping and hospitality, in the office Full Story

Silent retreat – a life-saver

“It’s absolutely essential! I need space where I can be completely silent just to be,” says Ase, one of the ten participants of the five day individually guided retreat (IGR) at Minsteracres. Ase is talking about the silent aspect of the IGR, which is the thing which most people who have never tried it seem Full Story

Growing through the silence

An individually guided retreat (IGR) might seem a bit hard core to the uninitiated. Five days held in silence except for meeting with your spiritual director might seem daunting but those who undertake these retreats usually love the experience and gain deep, spiritual nurturing from them. One such is Pat Moran who has just completed Full Story


Regular giving scheme launched

Minsteracres is launching a new scheme for friends to support us through a programme of regular giving. As a retreat centre, much of our income comes from the events we hold throughout the year. However, more is needed to allow us to update our facilities, manage our 110 acre estate and deliver our outreach activities. Full Story