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Stencils get a make over at St Elizabeth’s

This week we had four guest stencillers staying at Minsteracres, working in the Sanctuary of St Elizabeth’s Church – Karen Dundas, Shannon Miller, Rory Johnson and Annabelle Remnant.  Karen and Shannon work together as “Scottish Wall Painting Conservators“, whereas Rory and Annabelle are both freelance Conservators.  Rory, who is based locally in Humshaugh, Northumberland,  offers Full Story

Human sundial at Minsteracres

People approaching Minsteracres from the A68 during the past year will have seen quite a bit of activity in the parkland between the chapel and the Peace Garden. The activity focused on a rockery which for many years was the site of a crucifix. Earlier on, during the 1940’s, this concrete slab was the base Full Story

Travellers from Merseyside

In August we welcomed parishioners from St. Helens from their annual holiday retreat. Margaret Marren, the organiser, remembered that the first retreat took place in 1989. It was the time when many members of the Sutton parish of St. Anne and Blessed Dominic didn’t have the means to go on holiday. Fr. Mark White, who Full Story

An international volunteering experience

The summer season is usually quite busy with retreat groups coming and going. In order to ensure that all runs smoothly, we need all help possible. Alongside our regular volunteers in recent years we have received help from volunteers from abroad who spent time at Minsteracres. This summer we enjoyed the presence of Nancy from Full Story

Sacred journey at Minsteracres

The theme for our parish retreats this year has been ‘Sacred Journey’. The intention of this journey was to become more aware of God’s presence in our everyday lives. Happily many travellers came along to Minsteracres to join us on this special expedition – some for just a day, many for a weekend and two Full Story

Journey with the Northern Saints

You are probably aware that Minsteracres is very well situated for the main venues connected with the Northern Saints. So we decided some time ago to see whether there might be any interest in a mid-week retreat dedicated to this subject. To our delight the retreat was quickly oversubscribed. Thus at the end of June Full Story

Farewell to Fr Frank

Fr Frank Trias spent a short time as part of the Minsteracres community joining us in December 2017 and leaving in August 2018.  During this time he made many friends working with the retreat team, staff and volunteers.  “To experience such diversity within the community and the retreats over the past year has been a Full Story


At Minsteracres we are blessed with the church of St Elizabeth. It is a little gem. Many people spend time there to light a candle, be still and enjoy its beauty. In the morning you can see the light of the rising sun through the stained glass window above the altar. That is because, like Full Story

Serene Reflections Meditation Retreat 2008 -2018

At the beginning of May we celebrated our Tenth Anniversary holding meditation retreats at Minsteracres. It was 10 years ago when I decided to unite local meditation groups where we could practice and learn from one another. I visited Minsteracres and after a meeting with Fr Jeroen we held our first retreat in March 2008. Full Story

The Sound of Sheer Silence

During the past month we have been blessed with warmer days and I hope the summer will have more in store. When the weather is like this, I tend to go out in the morning and have my time of meditation outside. I sit on a bench and try to be still. I appreciate the Full Story