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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


Outreach Team update

During 2020, we were not able to have our usual outreach visitors. As we prepare for re-opening members of the Outreach Team are excited to welcome our visitors back to Minsteracres after 17th May. We have a full programme of a variety of groups coming to spend time with us during the spring and summer Full Story

Eco Community update

As with the rest of the country we have been observing lockdown since the beginning of the year and we are looking forward to welcoming people back to the walled garden in larger numbers than we have been able to accommodate due to the restrictions. We have manged to keep ourselves busy during this time. Full Story

Tynedale Horticultural Service

Tynedale Horticultural Service has worked throughout the pandemic in a myriad of ways. They have continued to maintain the flower beds and pots and grow vegetable transplants for the walled garden so the vegetables can be grown here on site and then delivered to the kitchen for the visiting groups. They have maintained their relationship Full Story


Minsteracres Resident Community

Minsteracres Resident Community, staff and friends  are pleased   to welcome guests back on retreats ! We so look forward to welcoming you back with the same warm hospitality. In preparation to your safe return staff has been planning and ensuring that the place is ready. It’s a slow start with low numbers as many guests 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

Message from Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Message to the Passionist Community at Minsteracres The coming year will be a special time of grace and celebration for Passionist communities throughout the world as you celebrate the tercentenary jubilee of the Congregation. The Congregation of the Passion has done much to serve the Church in this country for many years. Our minds turn Full Story

Christmas greetings from the Outreach team

After a year when most of our outreach groups were unable to join us because of Covid restrictions, we were delighted to host our guests from Sunderland More than Grandparents Kinship from Sunderland during October half term. The outreach team with support from the Peace Garden arranged a fun filled day for More Than Grandparents Full Story


Christmas greetings from THS

Tynedale Horticultural Service are continuing to work through the lockdown and have based themselves temporarily in the youth centre, which allows for better social distancing. We are working in the grounds, building wooden structures around the trees to protect them from the newly arrived Dexter cattle, splitting wood, kindling for the many fires at Minsteracres, Full Story