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Like most charities fundraising has been severely curtailed in the past 18 months. However,12 children and young people each day continue to receive a diagnosis of cancer! and life seems to stand still for the family. They need our help to support them through investigation , treatment and beyond. I have been involved with this Full Story


Minsteracres is a Christian Retreat Centre renowned for hospitality, good food and a beautiful estate in Northumberland.  It is a special place and we would recommend making an informal visit to learn more about the role before you apply. Please call the Director on 01434 673248 or email The catering team operates between 8am Full Story

A Mass in joyful remembrance of Elisabeth Van Dijl

The Parish and community invite you to join them in celebrating a Mass in joyful remembrance of Elisabeth Van Dijl on 30th June at 10:00am in St Elizabeth’s church. You are welcome to come and join us on Wednesday 30th June at 10:00am, to confirm your attendance can you please contact Margo or Tina on Full Story

“ The tri centenary anniversary of the Passionist congregation

During the 53rd Chapter of St Joseph’s Province, 3 trees were planted. Geoff Bockett, Director of Minsteracres explained that the Scots pine trees that were planted are known as ‘gregarious’ trees and thrive in communities when grown in close proximity to one another.  This is achieved through mycorrhizal networks in the soil where fungi and Full Story

Provincial Chapter of St. Joseph’s Province

From 12th – 16th July, the Provincial Chapter of St. Joseph’s Province (England, Wales and Sweden) of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ, will take place here at the Passionist Retreat House in Minsteracres. A Chapter is held every four years, and is a time of communal discernment and decision making that emerges Full Story

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

Three Day Walking Retreat

Jim Darlington and David Collins led the three-day Walking Retreat. Daily reflections took place at the beginning and at the end of the day. The theme of the retreat was Gratitude, Prophecy & Hope; reflections were delivered by David Collins & Michael O’Halloran, exploring Passionist Spirituality and offering opportunities to reflect. The staff and volunteers Full Story

RE-CO CO Visited Minsteracres

Re-Co Co (Recovery College Collective) arrived on the 22nd June and enjoyed the space as well as the activities that had been planned in advance of them arriving by Liz Holmes & volunteers from Outreach group based here at Minsteracres. The group participated in art activity in the Peace Garden; Yoga was outdoors on Tuesday Full Story

Minsteracres Retreats

Delivered by the Minsteracres team -We welcomed retreatants and friends of Minsteracres last weekend to the theme ‘The God Who Speaks.’ We explored new ways of celebrating, living and sharing God‘s word in our own lives, within our parishes and partnerships. The next Minsteracres themed retreat is on Sept 10th – 12th; Gratitude, Prophecy and Full Story