Consett, U.K. Minsteracres Retreat Centre
About the Passionist Order:
In 18th Century Italy, he saw the name of Jesus written on the foreheads of the poor and he felt called to reach out to them. The Passionists live according to his example. follow the example.
The Passionists had arrived here at Minsteracres in 1951, intending to convert an old stable to a retreat house and the main house into a house of studies for students preparing for the priesthood.
However, the main house needed urgent repairs….in fact, much of it could not be occupied. Twelve local men offered to help re-build the stables free of charge, providing the Passionists paid for the materials.
After a three-year long fund-raising program the building began and today, with huge support from parishioners and friends, helping to install a lift, replace bathrooms and refurbish bedrooms.
The next phase will mean knocking down walls and re-configuring bedrooms on the ground floor, as well as taking out the kitchen to make a new meeting room, and installing a small bar and kitchenette.
In the 50 years the retreat house has been in service it has offered shelter and solace for thousands of people. With your help they hope to continue that service long into the future, so they ask for any contribution you care to make.
About Minsteracres today:
Their goal is to live according to the values of simplicity and sustainability because they believe that with less we can achieve more. They also believe that the way in which we live has an effect on the well being of both people and planet.
The community gathers every morning and evening in the chapel to honour the day with prayer and the celebration of the Eucharist. Guests are welcome to join them and participate in the rhythm of the day.
At Minsteracres you can choose an individual or group retreat, organise your own event, or simply enjoy this beautiful place. Click their website below for details.
There is accommodation for up to 80 people across two houses, with additional bunk accommodation for up to 36 in their youth centre, all set in 110 acres of gardens, park and woodland.
Newcastle-upon-tyne is the nearest major city, about 16 miles (25 km) to the East. Riding Mill is the nearest railway station…….on the Newcastle to Carlisle railway.
Address: Minsteracres, Consett, DH8 9RT, UK
01434 673 248
Click here for the official website of Minsteracres in Consett