Following the Government's announcement on 22 Feb, Minsteracres will be closed until 17 May at the earliest.


We are a Christian place of prayer with a resident community rooted in the Roman Catholic Passionist tradition. We welcome people who share our values and we invite you to enjoy our hospitality.

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Following the Government’s announcement on 22 Feb, we will not be able to offer residential retreats until 17 May at the earliest.  In the meantime, we are offering online events and the next one will be held on 20th March 2021.

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Minsteracres is a beautiful 110 acre estate in the land of the Northern Saints. Within our historic buildings and estate we have space for prayer and rooms to hire for retreats and events.

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Winter newsletter

In this Winter issue we share a greeting from +Robert Byrne CO, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle. Geoff shares an insight into our future that brings hope we will see friends and loved ones in person; that we can go on retreat and meet new friends; and return to a degree of normality. You can read it Full Story

Welcome to our 2021 programme

The theme for 2021 is “The God who Speaks…”. Responding to the invitation of the bishops of England and Wales, we will explore some of the many ways in which God speaks to us; through prayer, through scripture, through challenging times and through nature. 2021 is also the Tricentenary celebration of the founding by St. Full Story

Reflective Walk Grounds of Minsteracres

Introduction We are delighted to provide the attached guide to a reflective trail around the grounds of Minsteracres, which you can view on your phone or download and print. Autumn has arrived and the colours are bursting from the trees . We have put this reflection together in the hope it will help you to connect with Full Story

Stepping into 2021

Often, I lose perspective of all the great things I achieved because I choose to focus on the negative. Whilst there has been loss and heartbreak for me this year its fair to say it has been a truly challenging and unsettling year. I had previously summed it up as awful, but then I went Full Story

Looking Forward to 2021

I wanted to take the opportunity to look forward to 2021 with a sense of hope.  We all know the Covid-19 pandemic has had an adverse effect on all aspects of our lives.  It has also hit retreat centres like Minsteracres hard financially, at a time when some are experiencing a huge increase in demand Full Story

A Message from Fr Jenish

Dear friends of Minsteracres, I trust that you are all keeping fine in these difficult circumstances. A simple effective method used in group dynamics is the ‘TRUST FALL’ exercise. The test comprises of two people one standing in front of the other. The task consists of the one standing in front gently falling back, with Full Story