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Monthly Reflection by
Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC

"Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it" (Lk 11:28) - Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC

Prayer of the Month


Complete Healing of Acute Thyroidy - Joan Soans, Chennai

God's limitless auspicious qualities can be enjoyed and his abundant compassion can be experienced. His grace will enable one to approach him and gain entry into his kingdom where one can serve Him. Yes, I have experienced the loving compassion of God. I was healed of hyperthyroidism during my visit to DRC during the retreat of 16th To 22nd Nov. 2003. In October 2003, my family doctor had asked me to get a blood test (thyroid profile) which was taken on 10th Oct.2003. The report showed acute thyroids. The doctor then recommended two other thyroid specialists. Since I decided to spend my Birthday, which was on 17th Nov.2003, in Divine Retreat Centre, I booked my ticket for 15th Nov.

Both the specialists could not be contacted. If I had to make an appointment with them, it would have to be only in December or January. So I proceeded to DRC and was happy that since the retreatants were less, I was able to have a room and was able to make a silent and prayerful retreat. On Wednesday at the healing service, it was announced that five persons were healed of thyroid problem. I claimed the healing and was overjoyed. I have come to DRC for several retreats from 1995 to 2003 either once or twice a year for renewing myself spiritually. So far each time I came, I received a spiritual or physical healing. When I came back from the retreat, I kept telling many people that I was healed of the thyroid problem but no one believed me. So I took another test and doctor said that the blood test showed normal but she wanted the same test redone in a reputed laboratory.

On 19th February 2004, the blood test was done and it was normal. I praise and thank Jesus for the countless blessings and mercy, He has bestowed on my family and me. Attending daily mass and receiving Jesus in my every day life is everything for me.

"For by Grace You have been Saved." (Eph. 2:8)

Attached letter from doctor
( Dr.Mrs.R.A.Barnabas,M.B.B.S)
No.5,Officer's Colony
Chennai-600 023
Dear Rev.Father.
This is a testimony regarding Mrs.Joan Soans, 62 years, Female. She is a mother of 14 children and 13 of them were delivered in the nursing home.

From January 2003, she started having signs and symptoms of Hyperthyroidism (Toxic Goitre) which is life threatening. A thryroid profile was advised and all the results showed positive for Hyperthyroidism. I contacted two eminent endocrinologists but both were not available since they had gone abroad.

In the meantime, Mrs.Soans attended a retreat in Potta. Upon her return, the thyroid profile was repeated. This showed no signs of hyperthyroidism and so I repeated the tests once again in a reputed Lab. Here again, every thing was normal. So Praise the Lord. Jesus has cured her.

Warm regards

"The testimony is this: God has given us eternal life, and this life has its source in his Son." (I John 5:11)

Divine Updates

38th 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 20 - 25, 2018

Kannada Convention 2018

Divine Retreat Centre will conduct our annual Kannada convention in May, 2018 The convention will be blessed by the vibrant preaching of many anointed servants of God. Please come.

Date: May 6 - May 11, 2018

Konkani Convention - Kuttumb Utsov 2018

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 22 - April 27, 2018

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, 2018

Hindi Convention Ojas 2018

The Divine Retreat Centre will conduct our eighth Hindi convention, in 2018. Two retreats will be held simultaneously on the campus; one for adults and another for couples and youth. All are welcome.

Date: May 27 - June 1, 2018

Tamil Convention in DRC

Answer God's call and experience His burning love for you. Our 12th Tamil Convention will be held at our DRC campus this year. The convention will include 4 simultaneous retreats - for priests & religious, for couples, for youth and for children. Please spread the word.

Dates: 29th April - 4th May, 2018

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