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Monthly Reflection by
Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC

"The words that I have spoken to you, are spirit and life" (John 6:63)

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St. John the Apostle's prayer for best friends



*St. John was the apostle permitted to lean his head on the chest of Jesus. The dying Jesus gave the care of his Blessed Mother Mary to this beloved friend. So the rest of her life on earth, the Blessed Mother lived with St. John. He became the "beloved disciple" and he was the only one of the Twelve who did not forsake the Savior in the hour of His Passion. "My dear children, love one another," was admonition that St. John gave to all Christians.

Lord, you are our best friend and love us like none other. May my own best friend share in your goodness and love for me. Help each one of us to have a good friend who truly wants what is best for our souls. Thank you, Lord, for hearing my prayer.

St. John, we pray to for each one of us to have a stronger, Christ-centered, prayer-focused friendship in Communion with the Saints, Angels, and Holy Trinity. May we enjoy going to Mass and Adoration with our friend, praying the Rosary, Divine Mercy chaplet, and other devotions, learning about the Lord through Scripture and Church teaching together.

Pray that we bring new people into the Church as friends.

O Glorious Apostle, who, on account of thy virginal purity, wast so beloved by Jesus as to deserve to lay thy head upon his divine breast, and to be left, in his place, as son to his most holy Mother; I beg thee to inflame me with a most ardent love towards Jesus and Mary.
Obtain for me from our Lord that I, too, with a heart purified from earthly affections, may be made worthy to be ever united to Jesus as a faithful disciple, and to Mary as a devoted son, both here on earth and eternally in heaven.
St. John, please intercede for us with God so that we may all be blessed with friendships centered in Your teaching.
May we never stray from the path of goodness and always seek out a friend who will help us stay in the faith.

Divine Updates

MAGNIFICAT in Chennai (December 5, 2015)

Divine comes to Chennai with the 'Magnificat'. Fr. Jacob Arimpur VC will lead the services. Please come and bring along a friend. Music by Glen and Teresa La'Rive. Event to include a session for kids.

Venue: Stella Maris College, Cathedral Road

MAGNIFICAT in Bangalore (November 21, 2015)

Celebrate an evening with our Lord in Bangalore  at the 'Magnificat' on November 21, 2015. Services to be led by Fr. Jacob Arimpur. Kids' Magnificat to be included. Music by Faith Band, Goa.

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

Hindi convention DIVYA KIRAN 2016

Divine Retreat Centre will conduct our sixth Hindi convention in 2016. Two retreats will be held simultaneously on the campus; one for adults/couples and another for youth. All are welcome.

Date: May 29 - June 3, 2016

36th National Youth Retreat

Our annual National Youth Retreat to 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 15 - 20, 2016

Retreats at the Divine Retreat Centre, Somersby, Sydney

Divine Retreat Centre, Somersby to hold retreats throughout 2015. Fr. Michael Payyapilly VC to minister. For bookings, email Hurry, as admission is limited.

Date: January 2015 - December, 2015

Emmanuel Conference at DRC

Welcome to the season of blessings - mark this Advent with special retreats for discipleship, couples and children at the Divine Retreat Centre. A time to strengthen yourself in the Lord, before the end of the year...

Date: December 20 - 25, 2016

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, 2015

Divine Retreat Schedules


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.


Inner healing retreats, growth retreats, couples' retreats and youth retreats in Malayalam, are led by Fr. Mathew Elavumkal, Fr. Mathew Naickomparambil, Fr. Biju Koonan and Fr Sebastian Anjumuriyil.


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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