Twenty two clergy from Connor Diocese travelled to Minsteracres in Co. Durham from June 7-10 for the Diocesan Clergy Retreat.
They were joined by Bishop Andy John, Bangor Diocese, Church in Wales, who gave three excellent inputs on grace, worship and service. He was very insightful in opening the scriptures and relating to day to day ministry.
Minsteracres is a Passionist retreat house set in 90 acres of grounds including a lake and an arboretum. The sense of peace and opportunity for spiritual refreshment was wonderful. The retreat gave clergy time to reflect spiritually and unwind physically away from parish life. Clergy commented on how good it was to have time away from the parish to recharge the batteries.
Highlights of the time together included a service in St Mary’s Church on Holy Island, a visit to Durham Cathedral and, much to the disgust of the locals, winning the local pub quiz (prize money donated to the Tour de Connor).