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What’s new

Here at Minsteracres we've been busy. Our new retreat team delivered the first of this year's retreats under the theme of memories for life, which also features in Fr Jeroen's reflections on Lent and Easter. We are looking for people with time on their hands and a love of the outdoors to join us as conservation volunteers to help us manage our 110 acre estate, and we talk to Andrew Pennington who plans to run the Edinburgh marathon in May to raise funds on our behalf. You can also read about a group of human rights defenders who came to us for a well-deserved break from their studies at York University.


Memories for life

We are entering the season of Lent, the 40 days of preparation for Easter when we focus on the memory of Jesus in his passion and death.

 


Want to work outdoors?

We are looking for people who want to learn practical skills to help us manage our woodland and grounds. Click here to find out more.


Quiet? Not likely!

You may wonder what we get up to in the early months of the year – the months we jokingly refer to as our quiet time. Click here to find out!
 


Meet the retreat team

The new year brought with it a new retreat team. Joining regulars Fr Jeroen, Sr Therese and Sr Cecilia are part-time community members Pat Alderson, Elisabeth van Dijl, David Ross and parishioner Ann Darlington.
 


It's a marathon effort

Andrew Pennington is training for his first marathon in Edinburgh in May, and he wants to donate the proceeds to Minsteracres. He's doing it because, as he explains, "It's personal." Read his story.
 


News in brief

A diamond duo

Community members Fr Mark Whelehan and Sr Cecilia Wilkinson are both celebrating their diamond jubilees this year. Fr Mark was ordained in February 1954, and Sr Cecilia professed in April. We hope you’ll join us in offering them warm congratulations!

Open house

Have you ever wanted to have a look around our house and grounds? Now’s your chance! With exhibitions, tours, tea, coffee and good home cooking. Free entry. Monday 5 May, 10am-4pm.   

Watch this web space

We have taken on board feedback from visitors and we’re updating our website to make it easier for you to find the things you want. We will continue to keep the site under review, and would welcome your feedback when we launch the new site in the spring.
 


Human rights defenders at Minsteracres
 
Minsteracres recently played host to a group of human rights defenders from the University of York, who are taking part in the protective fellowship scheme offered by the Centre for Applied Human Rights. Read about their stay.

 



Retreats

Click here for details on our website

Walking retreat
 

Enjoy a walk of seven to ten miles through the beautiful countryside around Minsteracres, with time for prayer and reflection. You will need suitable walking boots and warm, weatherproof clothing. Please bring a packed lunch. 
Saturday 22 March, 10am – 5pm     £10

Day of prayer             led by Sr Rosarie Spence

This day enables you to experience different ways of praying in a beautiful setting and gives you time for quiet personal prayer. Lunch, tea and coffee are provided.
Wednesday 9 April 10am – 4pm        £25

 Introduction to individually guided retreat       
   
A gentle introduction to an IGR with time of silence and an opportunity to speak with your guide.
Friday 11 – Sunday 13 April    £110 

Holy week retreat    

Join the community on their journey towards Easter, including time for reflection and the opportunity to take part in the liturgies of Holy Week.
Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 April           £150  

Dancing the circle of life       led by Janette Blakemore

Circle dance is a meditation in movement that can engender a deep sense of connection in community and an inner sense of peace and well-being. Suitable for beginners. Janette Blakemore is an interfaith minister, spiritual companion and workshop leader. For the past few years, she has co-led dancing our prayers at St Antony’s Priory in Durham.
Friday 25 – Sunday 27 April    £120 

Icon writing workshop          led by Maureen Rimmer

This workshop is open to beginners as well as to those with some experience, who wish to write an icon as an expression of personal prayer. During this week we will explore the spirituality and symbolism contained within icons. Maureen Rimmer has many years’ experience of icon writing in egg-tempera.
Monday 28 April – Friday 2 May        £350 

Walking retreat        

Enjoy a walk of seven to ten miles through the beautiful countryside around Minsteracres, with time for prayer and  reflection. You will need suitable walking boots and warm, weatherproof clothing. Please bring a packed lunch. 
Wednesday 30 April, 10am – 5pm     £10 
 Worldwide marriage encounter       

A weekend for happily married couples. For more info and bookings see www.wwme.org.uk or contact Tony & Pam Darroch 0118  9811105, email torrisdale.pam@yahoo.co.uk
Friday 9 – Sunday 11 May   

 Remembering the past, healing the present      led by James Clarke  

In this retreat we will learn the skills for authentic healing, reconciliation, and transformation in order to freely live in the present.
Fr James Clarke currently serves as director of spiritual formation at St John’s Seminary and chair of the spirituality commission of the archdiocese of Los Angeles and is an associate spiritual director at the cardinal Manning House of Prayer for priests.
Friday 9 – Sunday 11 May      £120 

 Quiet day       led by Sr Rosarie Spence  

An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the countryside. Coffee and tea are provided. Please bring a packed lunch.
Wednesday 28 May, 10am – 4pm      £15 

Pentecost renewal    led by Ann Liddell

‘I will pour my Spirit on my sons and daughters.’ A weekend of praise, worship, silence, reflection and testimony to celebrate the power of Pentecost and the ways in which the Holy Spirit speaks to us and how we act on his word.
Ann Liddell is a music and worship leader with great interest in the role of praise and intercession.
Friday 6 – Sunday 8 June        £120 

 Aidan, Cuthbert & Lindisfarne Monastery in the 7th Century     led by Colm O’Brien

From the writings of the Venerable Bede, we will take a political and historical look at how Lindisfarne developed under Aidan, the outcomes of the synod of Whitby and the great tomb shrine of St Cuthbert. Includes a day out to visit Lindisfarne priory and museum.
Colm O’Brien is a university lecturer in lifelong learning, specialising in the early medieval era in Britain and western Europe.
Friday 6 June – Sunday 8 June            £155 
 
 

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