MINSTERACRESRetreat Centre innortheast Englandincludes historicbuildings on a largeproperty with roomto roam.
HEALING HOSPITALITY IN NORTHERN BRITAIN
IN A LARGE RURAL AREA in northeast England lies Minsteracres Retreat Centre, situated on 110 acres of woods, fields, and gardens. A newer enterprise compared to many retreat centers, Minsteracres wasestablished in 2012 and grew out of the ministries of the local Passionist priests and brothers, whoseresidence is located on the property, along with St. Elizabeth Catholic Parish.
“The resident Passionist community are effectively the ‘soul’ of the retreat center and provide acontinuous presence of hospitality and prayerfulness,” says operations manager Geoffrey Bockett.
Retreat programs include explorations of Passionist spirituality, the liturgical year, scripture, andmore. This retreat center puts a special emphasis on environmental stewardship in its care for the landand in programs such as “walking retreats” that foster appreciation for the natural world. Minsteracresalso prioritizes retreats for “people on the margins of church and society.” Working with partnerorganizations, it has hosted retreats for refugees, disabled children, those affected by substance abuse,and survivors of torture. Some 6,000 people a year typically pass through Minsteracres.
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