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Monthly Reflection by
Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC

“I give you a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you" (Jn 13:34)

- 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


Divine comes to Chennai with the 'Magnificat on March 10, 2018. Fr. Jacob Arimpur VC will lead the services. With special sessions for children.

Venue: Stella Maris College, Cathedral Road

MAGNIFICAT in Bangalore

Celebrate an evening with our Lord in Bangalore at the 'Magnificat' on March 17, 2018. Services to be led by Fr Jacob Arimpur VC. All are welcome. Music by Glen and Teresa La'Rive.

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

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

Divine Retreats in Australia

Fr. Michael Payyapilly will lead several special retreats across Australia - in Brisbane, Hobart, Sydney and Melbourne. Please bring your family and friends. Hear the Word and be refreshed. 

Date: February 19 - March 4, 2018

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 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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