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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


I claimed healing for all my illnesses - Philomena D'Souza, Goa

I was working as a Secretary, first in Mumbai and then in the Gulf. I have four children. I first attended a retreat at Divine Retreat Centre in May 2005, then in March 2010 and the third in January 2011. My husband and I worked abroad for sixteen years and our three children were born there. As we had no domestic help, we had to send the children to the baby sitter. We used to fall sick several times, were hospitalised and even underwent operations for various ailments. I always had faith in the Lord Jesus and Mother Mary, who helped, guided and protected us through those years. My three sons are now working and are abundantly blessed. In 2000, we settled in Goa. I became very sick and had to undergo hysterectomy. I suffered from Bronchial asthma until 2005. I was under treatment. I had a problem of dry eyes, sinusitis and had to use a lot of medication but nothing helped. I had only temporary relief. My mother passed away in 2005 and I was very much depressed. My neighbour advised me to visit DRC and that was when I attended a retreat along with my husband in 2005. I felt peace as I entered the gates. During adoration I was touched by His Words “Come to me all that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28). I surrendered all my sufferings to Jesus and made a good confession. I asked forgiveness from all those who I had hurt or neglected, especially my parents and forgave those who hurt me. Listening to the Word of God my faith was strengthened. I claimed healing for all my illnesses as my name was called out and I returned home happy. In March 2010, I came again with my husband to give thanks and glorify God. Now I am not taking any medication and am here for my third retreat to praise, worship and glorify God. “I will thank you forever because of what you have done. In the presence of the faithful, I will proclaim your name for it is good” (Ps 52:9). Alleluia!


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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