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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

The Community of the Passion

A few years ago some Passionists became aware of people who live the Passionist charism whilst they are not professed members of the congregation. They are people, men and women, who are passionate about the poor and powerless. They place themselves alongside them, acknowledging – as the founder St Paul of the Cross did – Full Story

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