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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


People used to call me 'Engine Lobo' - Sebastian Lobo, Karnataka

I am fifty years old, married and I have a son. I am working BEML (Bharat Earth Movers Ltd.) factory in Karnataka. At the age of sixteen I started smoking and I became a chain-smoker. People use to call me ‘Engine Lobo.’ It went to an extent of taking two breaks to go out to smoke even during Sunday Holy Mass. I started drinking at the age of twenty two and within few years I became a slave to it. There was no peace at home; all my earnings and many loans were not sufficient to pay for my bad habits. Finally when I heard about Divine Retreat Centre from my brother-in-law, I came here in 1990. I wanted to stop my bad habits of smoking and drinking completely. But unfortunately I fell back into it. I came for the second retreat in 1992 and prayed for His grace. This time God gave me the grace to stop drinking. I found it very difficult to quit smoking. Reading the teaching of Jesus about persistence in prayer (Lk 11:9-13) once again I came to DRC in 1994 and prayed earnestly to Jesus to help me to come out of this bad habit. God blessed me and gave me the grace to stop smoking after that retreat. Since then I am using that money and time to help in the parish activities for the greater glory of God. After attending retreats at DRC, I started reading Psalm 91. Especially when I recite verse seven, I feel God’s protection over me. I praise and thank the Lord for He is my shield and my protection.

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

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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