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The God Who Speaks…

At the end of February, when the snow was still on the ground, we welcomed our Friends of Minsteracres to this year’s Themed Retreat with the title “The God who Speaks”. You might wonder how we choose each year’s theme. This time we linked our theme to the year of rediscovery of the Holy Scriptures, Full Story

Challenging times…

This edition of our newsletter appears at a challenging time. I write these words a couple of days after we decided to cancel all retreat activity till the end of April and after I received the bishops’ decision to suspend all acts of public worship for the foreseeable future. When you read these words other Full Story

Mass for the 5th Sunday of Lent – 29th March 2020

Homily Today we have another long gospel reading, similar to what we had on the last two Sundays. In today’s passage from John’s gospel we heard how Jesus brought Lazarus back to life. One could comment that Lazarus was a fortunate man indeed. Fortunate because he was a friend of Jesus, fortunate because Jesus came Full Story


Solemnity of the Annunciation

Homily for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord 25 March 2020 As we all know, during the past couple of days more restrictions have been announced so as to cope with the corona virus. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening, we have been asked to keep the church closed. As a Full Story

Mass for 4th Sunday of Lent

Recorded video of today’s Mass for the 4th Sunday of Lent, with the Minsteracres Community can be viewed below on youtube. The mass was recorded this morning at 8:30 in the Community Chapel. You will also be able to access the recording from the YouTube website through this link. Please look out for daily reflections Full Story

Homily for 4th Sunday of Lent

We are happy to share with you a copy of Fr Jenish’s Homily for today’s Mass. The readings today are about seeing and not seeing, about what seems obvious but in fact hidden. I think that they are wonderful readings that deserve a lot of time, reflection and above all faith. Even Samuel did not Full Story


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