News Archives


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

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

Daring Disciples continue their journey…

Daring Disciples continue their journey… by Fr. Jeroen Hoogland CP, Rector As I am writing these words I look back on a busy summer. Many groups and individuals found their way to Minsteracres and enjoyed the space, its peace and the beauty of God’s creation. With some of the retreat groups we used this year’s Full Story

Thank you to our volunteers

Thank you to our volunteers by Jean Haldane A huge thank you is owed to our amazing volunteers for their contribution this summer – we just couldn’t have managed without them. This year has been particularly challenging especially for Paul and his team in the kitchen.  Margaret O’Brien retired in June and sadly Teresa passed Full Story


Grand Book Day at Minsteracres

Saturday 24th August from 11:30am until 3:30pm Something for every reader with reading spaces provided. A café will also be available with lots of tasty ‘lite bites.’ Fiction all genres, Gardening and Cookery and Other specialist interests. Special childrens’ book event New books and story telling provided by Forum Books, Corbridge Children’s activities & Fancy Full Story