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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


Obedience To God Brings Gift Of Normal Child - Felix D’Costa, Mumbai, India

In 2005, we, as a family, attended our first retreat at Divine Retreat Centre. During counselling, the counsellor had a vision and told us that my wife was pregnant. We were nor aware of it. After we returned from the retreat, a test proved positive. But later she started bleeding profusely and the doctor advised an abortion. I agreed for the same but my wife had faith in Jesus and pleaded with me to telephone Divine Retreat Centre and ask for prayers. When I called, the person who answered prayed over my wife through the telephone. The person promised to intercede for my wife and asked us to accept God’s will but not to abort the child. I also received an email message from Divine Retreat Centre advising against an abortion but to trust in God.

The doctor said that the child would be abnormal after birth. Hence I was afraid. But we obeyed God’s message and held on to prayer day in and day out. "We place our destiny in the hands of the Lord, not in the hands of men, because his mercy is as great as his majesty." (Sirach 2:18) When it was time my wife delivered a normal child. When he was three years of age in June 2009 ,we went with him to Divine Retreat Centre to praise and thank the Lord Jesus!.

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.


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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