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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)
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
Kannada Convention 2017
Divine Retreat Centre will conduct our annual Kannada convention next week. The convention will be blessed by the vibrant preaching of Fr. Mathew Naickomparambil, Fr. Augustine Vallooran and Fr Mathew Elavunkal, among many other servants of God. Please come.
Date: May 7 - May 12, 2017
Konkani Convention - Kuttumbutsov 2017
Divine Retreat Centre's annual Konkani Convention will be held at the centre. The convention will be led by Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC, Director. Talks to focus mainly on the renewal of the family. All are welcome.
Date: April 23 - April 28, 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 - email@example.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 in California
Answer God's call and experience His burning love for you. A two-day retreat to be led by Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC, in California. All are welcome.
Dates: March 28 & 29, 2017
Divine Lenten Retreats in New York and Texas
Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC, along with Glen and Teresa La'Rive, will lead several Lenten retreats in the US. Please bring your family and friends.
Date: March 24 - 2 April, 2017
Lenten Retreat in Goa
Answer God's call and experience His burning love for you. A retreat to be led by Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC at the St. Francis Xavier Church, Duler, Mapusa, Goa.
Dates: March 17, 18 & 19, 2017