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Monthly Reflection by
Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC

"You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased" (Mk 1:11) Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC

Prayer of the Month

Divine Care Centre

Shantipuram – abode of peace, is home to the mentally ill. All the residents of this centre have experienced the pain of being rejected by their families and the society. The greatest merit of this centre is its approach to the residents. All the priests, doctors, nuns and volunteers mingle with the residents freely like family. This bond of affection and friendship is obviously an expression of God's love.

There is a daily planned program to keep the Divine Care residents occupied and to lead as normal a life as possible. There is morning exercise, group reading and presentation of news by each group, quiz competitions and games. The day begins with the celebration of Holy Mass. Great emphasis is given to prayer. Most of the residents do not need sedation at night - this is attributed to the religious atmosphere of the centre. In the evenings, many of the residents do gardening, go for walks and play outdoor games.

Half of the residents are able to do simple chores – gardening, kitchen duties and cleaning. All the residents are taught to clean and look after their rooms.

Divine Bakery, which opened a year ago, has some residents working in the packing department. They work in two shifts. On an average day, the bakery produces 1,500 loaves of bread for the needs of all the retreatants of the Divine Retreat Centre. During the Potta Convention, it produced 9,000 loaves of bread daily.

There are other small cottage industries being run by the residents: a soda water bottling facility, statue production unit and a gift shop.

Divine Care Centre is the largest Home for the mentally ill in Asia. We need your help to keep this ministry going.

It is kindness that I want, not animal sacrifices (Mt. 9:13)

 
Divine Updates

MAGNIFICAT in Bangalore (February 18, 2017)

Celebrate an evening with our Lord in Bangalore at the 'Magnificat' on February 18, 2017. Services to be led by Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC. Music by Glen and Teresa La'Rive. All are welcome.

Venue: St. Joseph's Boys' School Chapel, Museum Road, Bangalore

37th National Youth Retreat

Our annual National Youth Retreat will be held at the Divine Retreat Centre. Come and let the word of God refresh you. Simultaneous retreats for couples, children and Bible nursery to be held. Contact Divine Youth for more details.

Date: May 14 - 19, 2017

Retreats at the Divine Retreat Centre, Somersby, Sydney

Divine Retreat Centre, Somersby to hold retreats throughout 2017. For bookings, email Fr Roni George, Director - drcsydney@gmail.com. Hurry, as admission is limited.

Date: January 2017 - December, 2017

Retreats in Divine Retreat Centre, UK

Divine Retreat Centre, Ramsgate UK, has announced several English and Malayalam language retreats to be led by Fr. George Panackal VC and Fr. Joseph Edattu VC. All are welcome.

Dates: Jan - Dec, 2017

POWER 2017 at Divine Retreat Centre

DRC is back with the highlight of the year: the 11th International Youth Conference - POWER 2017. The very best international preachers and gospel bands will be here to lead us into worship. Be there to experience a totally different atmosphere of prayer. Couples' retreat and children's retreat will be held simultaneously. Don't miss it.

Date: July 23 - July 28, 2017

Hindi Convention Ojas 2017

The Divine Retreat Centre will conduct our seventh Hindi convention in 2017. Two retreats will be held simultaneously on the campus; one for adults/couples and another for youth. All are welcome.

Date: May 28 - June 2, 2017

Divine Retreat Schedules

ENGLISH RETREATS

English retreats are held every week from Sunday to Friday. Special retreats are conducted for priests, religious and laity as well. Come and experience the Lord and grow in Him.

MALAYALAM RETREATS

Inner healing retreats, growth retreats, couples' retreats and youth retreats in Malayalam, are led by Fr. Mathew Elavumkal, Fr. Mathew Naickomparambil and Fr. Binoy Chackanikunnel.

OTHER LANGUAGES

Retreats in Konkani, Kannada, Tamil, Hindi and Telugu

Every week, retreats are held in five different regional languages of India, apart from in the local language - Malayalam. The retreats are led by Vincentian priests and supported by powerfully anointed laity of God.

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