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Diocese Of Durham -Ordination Retreat

Diocese of Durham – Ordination Retreat 30th June -4th July 2021 We welcomed Ordinands from the Diocese of Durham on Wednesday 30th June as they are here on a Guided Retreat to enjoy the grounds and Tranquillity of  Minsteracres as they prepare to be Ordained on Sunday 4th July. Their attendance this year is extra Full Story

Memorial Mass -Elisabeth Dijl

Elisabeth Johanna van Gageldonk-van Dijl 1952 – 2021 Elisabeth had been a member of the Retreat Team for several years and will be known to many of you as a funny, compassionate and deeply spiritual person. She was deeply respected and well loved. Music for Elisabeth – Camille When I heard about a commemorative service Full Story

Tyndale Horticultural Service–running during a pandemic

When I started working for the horticultural service about 20 years ago I didn’t ever consider I might have to run a service with nobody attending.   We officially closed on Friday 27th March to the people who use the service and to some staff. We had spent 3 years trying to establish a base here Full Story


Dear friends,

What a long time it has been since we were able to be together! Here at Minsteracres we have missed you all so much! The house has been too quiet, too empty. After all, welcoming you in Christ’s name is the reason we are here. We have been very busy over the past seven months, Full Story

Extending our welcome

Here at Minsteracres Marian Fletcher has been trialing a new volunteer role of hospitality facilitator to fill the gap left by Sister Therese when she moved to a new position last autumn. It quickly became apparent that Sr Therese had been something of a human dynamo, not only heading up our front of house presence Full Story

Can you help our housekeepers?

It’s fair to say we couldn’t have got the retreat house ready in time for our first group of the year without the help of a small army of volunteers. On standby for two days, they were finally able to get to grips with the big clean with hours to go, and they did us Full Story


Summer visitors fly the nest

It’s the end of the summer and the swallows are gathering on the telephone wires waiting to leave. Here at Minsteracres we’re anticipating the departure of two other summer visitors. Arek Galka and Radek Mucha, both training to become priests in the Passionist monastery in Warsaw, have spent the month of August with the resident Full Story

Help us build a garden sanctuary

A ground breaking nature-based therapeutic initiative to support people with varying health needs, including those with stress related illness, depression and dementia, needs your help. Let’s Get Growing, a social enterprise run by Ross Menzies and Katrina Padmore, here at Minsteracres has just received planning permission to erect a timber framed workspace in the peace Full Story

Sister Cecilia

Sister Cecilia celebrates

November 22 is St Cecilia’s day, the patron saint of musicians. It also happens to be the birthday of our own Sister Cecilia. We hope you’ll join us in wishing her happy birthday! Hopefully the weather will be kind today and she will be able to enjoy the day with the rest of the community. Full Story


It’s life changing

The open and inclusive nature of the community here at Minsteracres has been a feature of life here from the time that the existing Passionist community opened its doors to the wider world in the late 1960s. One expression of this openness is the embracing of ordained deacons: men from among the parish who can Full Story