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Three days of prayer and praise

The Methodist Women in Britain group have just left us after their autumn visit and again we are struck by their joyful enthusiasm. Twice a year in spring and autumn, women converge on Minsteracres from all over the north east for three days of prayer and praise. This time their theme is ‘our journey with Full Story

Volunteers needed!

  “Now that summer is over we know people with time on their hands start to think about how to fill it and many look for opportunities to volunteer,” says Minsteracres  volunteer coordinator Jean Haldane. “If that’s you, you’re in luck! We have a thriving volunteer workforce active across lots of different areas inside and outdoors, Full Story

A trio of celebrations

We like an excuse for a party at Minsteracres – and last week we had three! Our rector Fr Jeroen Hoogland and provincial Fr John Kearns were both celebrating 25 years since their profession, and Mother Regina, who with Mother Monica will be moving in to a new convent in our grounds next year, was celebrating Full Story


In praise of tea

If, when I told you about our circle time in the Peace Garden, you came to the conclusion that the Let’s Get Growing group really like their tea, you would be right! I myself am partial to English Breakfast tea which I understand is a mix of Assam, Ceylon and Kenyan tea, a blend that Full Story

Rubato Singers’ outreach in the USA

Minsteracres choir, the Rubato Singers, travelled to Oakland, California this summer to perform with a sister choir raising money for the work of two charities both linked to homeless and mentally ill people on the margins. The need is particularly immense in the Bay area of San Francisco and Oakland. NAMI (the National Alliance on Full Story

Goodbye Sister Therese!

We are sad to have to say goodbye to someone who has been at the heart of the community here at Minsteracres since she arrived in a snowstorm back in 2010. Settling into life at Minsteracres was a challenge for Sr Therese O’Regan. She had spent the previous 36 years in the heat and desert Full Story


Dwelling in the space of mercy                               

With this Autumn edition of our newsletter we enter the final part of the Year of Mercy. At the end of 2015 Pope Francis invited the church community to enter through the door of mercy. Christians in the whole world have done this and it has led to many graces and blessings. Early in the Full Story

Tea takes the biscuit

The Lets Get Growing group have a special welcome and farewell ceremony. Once everyone has arrived at the garden we begin the day with hot drinks and biscuits. Then it is time for our ‘circle.’ Each person in turn has space to say how they are, what is happening in their lives and what they Full Story

To Russia with love

This year we are delighted to have welcomed back Finnish couple Janne and Ella who first came to Minsteracres three years ago to spend a summer with us as volunteers. “Ever since we left three years ago we knew we wanted to spend longer here, but up until now that hasn’t been possible,” explains Janne, Full Story


What is a retreat?

One question people new to Minsteracres often ask us is what exactly is a retreat? It’s one of those ‘how long is a piece of string?’ questions and as such, rather hard to answer. It means different things to different people, and different things at different times in people’s lives. Those grieving for the loss Full Story