At the heart of Minsteracres Retreat Centre is a Passionist community of priests and religious as well as lay people from different cultural backgrounds and nationalities.
The presence of the community gives the centre a homely atmosphere and provides a spirit of prayer and hospitality. The staff and volunteers offer an invaluable contribution to this ministry.
Through a spirit of hospitality and welcome we create space for guests where they can feel at home, be themselves and enjoy the peace and natural beauty which surrounds us.
The community gathers every morning and evening in the chapel to honour the day with prayer and the celebration of the Eucharist. Guests are welcome to join us and participate in the rhythm of the day.
We try to live according to the values of simplicity and sustainability because we believe that with less we can achieve more. We also believe that the way in which we live has an effect on the wellbeing of both people and planet.
We find our inspiration in the Roman Catholic Passionist tradition with its focus on keeping alive the memory of Christ’s Passion. We follow the example of its founder, Paul of the Cross. In 18th century Italy he saw the name of Jesus written on the foreheads of the poor and he felt called to reach out to them.
He gathered companions to live in community and share the good news of God’s love. Likewise we come together in as a community and offer a welcome to people experiencing difficulties in their lives.
The Minsteracres prayer
Dear Lord, We thank you for the beauty and peace of Minsteracres.
By your grace, enable us to be a community of welcome and love, compassion and healing, hope and reconciliation.
Unite us in friendship that we may follow the path of your cross and resurrection and serve you and one another with joy.
Fill us with your Holy Spirit to live and work for your praise and glory.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.