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Open Day Minsteracres

The annual Open House event took place as usual on the first Bank Holiday in May and it was the busiest yet. Year on year visitor numbers have increased and to keep up with demand, there was even more on offer to showcase Minsteracres! The popular and long standing House tours and the café remain Full Story

The Horticulture of Church, Change and Diminishment

What can we learn about current changes within the institutional Church whilst turning soil, planting hedges and entering into a daily rhythm of community life and prayer? Novice though I am to both gardening and the practices of monasticism, this was on my mind during May, when I spent four weeks living for the most Full Story

Journey into Silence

The summer months usually see a lot of activity at Minsteracres. Individuals and groups will come and spend time here. Despite this busy time, the Centre manages to maintain an atmosphere of silence. This is essential for creating the right ambiance for a retreat. The outer silence helps to find an inner silence. Here we Full Story


Minsteracres welcomes THS

For the past six months Minsteracres has played host to a special group of gardeners. Tynedale Horticultural Service (THS) was set up by Northumberland County Council 24 years ago to provide training and work experience in horticulture for adults with learning disabilities. Last summer the team had to leave their long-term home at Ridley Hall Full Story

Not without surprises

Visitors to Minsteracres may already have met Fr Frank Trias, on loan to us from the Passionist Province of St Patrick. As a recent addition to the community, and indeed to the priesthood (he was ordained in 2015), Fr Frank brings a wealth of new experience for us to draw on. He arrived from his Full Story

A sacred journey

Our theme for this year means that all our retreat participants are invited to go on a sacred journey, which we hope will be enlightening, invigorating and meaningful for all. The retreat team has been out and about these last few months gathering materials, guide books and doing the necessary reccies. Along the way we Full Story


Fundraising for our future

We’ve been spending some time in recent months looking closely at how we can secure the future of Minsteracres for generations to come. So many parishioners, retreatants, volunteers and visitors already give generously to us and we work hard to ensure that every penny we receive is spent wisely and with consideration, but we want Full Story

Paint me a picture

Can you describe a typical volunteer? Are they male, female, young or old? Are they brunette, blonde or even follicly challenged? Are they tall, short, jolly or serious? Do they live close by or far away, do they come to Minsteracres weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually? Do they live alone or with family, do they Full Story

Easter journey

As you read these words, Spring has hopefully arrived after the long winter. During Spring we welcome new life and growth. In the Christian tradition it connects with Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Christ from the dead. In the gospels we don’t hear anything about the resurrection itself. We only find stories about Full Story


My new kneeler

That’s it, now I know I am old! I have just bought one of those kneelers that help you do the weeding. I do find it hard to bend and the kneeler means I can creak down to the earth and heave myself up again without the aid of a crane. I can also sit Full Story