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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


Apart from Him, I can do nothing - Piedade Fernandes, Goa

I am a widow. I had worked for Kuwait Airways as secretary from May 1978 to December 1996. I attended my first retreat at Divine Retreat Centre in October 2003 and this is my twelfth retreat. In May 2008 I attended a seven-week Bible course too. From March 2009, I am helping in my parish as a PPC member. In June 2008 I had a fall and fractured my left hand. I underwent a surgery and a thin rod was inserted permanently. I continued the treatment and I received complete healing after my retreat in May 2009. Now I am able to move my left hand in all directions, carry weights and work with it like before. In 2008 I had a problem with my liver. The blood reports showed high protein count. A series of tests revealed that there were fat cells in the liver and the treatment began in March 2010. While I was under treatment, I attended a retreat at DRC and my doctor allowed me to travel to the Holy Land in August 2010. After that I became alright and the doctor stopped the medication. Jesus gave me the strength and courage to bear all the pain I went through. I truly believe that suffering brings joy to our lives through discipline, humility and deepens our relationship with our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.  I believe in the Word of God: "My child, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, or lose heart when you are punished by him; for the Lord disciplines those whom he loves, and chastises every child whom he accepts" (Heb 12:5-6); also Ps 25:4-5; Is 43:1; and Jer 17:14. I have great faith in Jesus from my childhood and it was strengthened after attending retreats at DRC. He has forgiven my sins, saved me from all trials and difficulties and transformed me into a matured Christian. I always give first place to Jesus in my life because I know apart from Him I can do nothing. I thank and praise the Lord.

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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