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Monthly Reflection by
Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC
"I dwell with the crushed and the dejected“ (Is 57:15)

- Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC

Prayer of the Month


The Word Of God Transforms Woman's Life - Irene Rodrigues, Mumbai

Before coming to Divine Retreat Centre I was only a Sunday Catholic. I was very fond of reading novels. I never read the Word of God, never prayed much and was surprised at how others could pray. A person I knew told me that at DRC, one learns how to pray and this brought me to this place.

My first retreat was in October 1995 and after that I came twice to learn more and grow in the Lord. In 1994 I was suffering from knee pain. The doctor had said that my cartilage was weak and I had to be operated. I took a second medical opinion and he too said the same. The date for the operation was fixed and just a day before that, my friend found out that persons above 35 years should not undergo such an operation because the cartilage would not grow after that age and operation was not advisable. After hearing this, I did not undergo the operation but visited DRC for a retreat.

During the Inner Healing service of that retreat, Fr. Augustine Vallooran called me by name and said. “Irene, your legs are healed”. I did not believe this because there were 18000 people for that retreat. During the infilling of the Holy Spirit, I felt someone holding my knee with one hand and I could feel the palm of his hand. Again in the evening during Adoration, Fr. Augustine Vallooran announced “Irene working in the bank, your legs are healed.” It was after forgiving everyone that I found a change in my life. Till date I have not had a fall.

During the retreat I was touched by the messages received from the preaching and I am putting them into practice. Reading the Word of God has become my daily practice. For four months after the retreat I used to say the inner healing prayers during my personal prayer. Then I saw Jesus in a vision. He showed a spring flowing pure crystal water from the mountain and He said “Your sins are washed away.” Since that day I felt peace deep within me and forgiveness has become easy for me. Now I experienced the intimacy with the Lord during my personal prayer. After my first retreat in 1995 I have not read any books besides spiritual books for my growth.

Divine Updates

39th 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 19 - 24, 2019

Retreats at the Divine Retreat Centre, Somersby, Sydney

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

Date: January 2018 - December, 2018

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, 2019

POWER 2019 at Divine Retreat Centre

DRC is back with the highlight of the year: the 14th International Youth Conference - POWER 2019. 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. A Couples' Retreat and a Kids' Retreat will be held simultaneously. Don't miss it.

Date: July 21 - July 26, 2019

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. Joshi Kochukudiattil, Fr. Mathew Naickomparambil and Fr. Binoy Chackanikunnel.


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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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