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A welcome return for Martha House

May saw the third visit of a group from a Passionist sister-house in London. Most of the residents of Martha House in Tottenham are awaiting the outcome of appeals for leave to remain in the UK. As such they are unable to work or otherwise support themselves and reliant on the help offered by charities Full Story

Continuity and strength

A group of Darlington and District Methodist ministers of have been considering ‘holiness and justice’, the current theme for this year’s president and vice president of the Methodist Conference, during their stay with us this week. Regular visitors among them have been delighted with the upgrade to the facilities, with special mention of the lovely Full Story

Fr Joe returns to his roots

Minsteracres is no stranger to returning migrants. Among others we’ve just welcomed the swallows back and the sheep have returned to the fields with their new lambs. One returnee took a little longer to find his way back however. Fr Joe Crawford first came here from 1963-1965 as a student, having begun his training the previous Full Story

Marvellous Minsteracres

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Herne Bay parish has been taking annual holiday retreat weeks at the Passionist Monastery at Minsteracres, Co. Durham since 1963 but some of our congregation may be a little unsure of what that involves.  We decided to ask one of the regular retreat participants what actually happens there and Full Story

Free events at Minsteracres

We’ve got some great free events coming up at Minsteracres. First off, Ellen Teague talks on ‘The Mission Imperatives of ‘Laudato Si’ on Thursday 27 April, 7.30pm. This call to arms from Pope Francis is very close to our hearts and we hope you will join us to learn more. Then on bank holiday Monday, 1st Full Story


They’re back! Seaham-based Free the Way, a charity helping addicts in recovery, has become a regular on our outreach programme and it is fair to say that Minsteracres benefits every bit as much as they do from their visits. In exchange for comfortable beds and plentiful food (they are famed for their enthusiastic consumption of Full Story

If you’ve got time – we can use it!

We’re looking to recruit new volunteers at our open house in May. Set for the first bank holiday Monday, along with teas and tours visitors will be invited to have a look at the wide range of volunteering available at the retreat cente. “We have really broadened the opportunities available here in recent years,” says Jean Full Story

A spring makeover

Tatiana and Jezebel decided they needed a makeover, they were feeling a little drab in last year’s fashions and it has to be said, the wind and rain had taken their toll on their décolletage. Where to go for a new outfit? Luckily a tractor passing through Minsteracres was headed for Corbridge. They hitched a Full Story

A quiet new year

I spent this New Year in the Sanctuary in the Peace Garden. It was a peaceful time, away from the noise and hubbub of the celebrations. The weather was sunny and I spent time foraging, walking and reading. It was just what I needed. Christmas and New Year are a difficult times for me. I Full Story

Preparing for ‘seeds of hope’ retreats

  In the second half of last year the decision was reached that the Minsteracres theme for the parish retreats in 2017 would be ‘seeds of hope’. This caused me to start focusing on what hope means for me personally, and how it has worked in my (faith) life. I had gone through a difficult Full Story