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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

Testimonies

Raised in a Communist atheistic children's camp - Magdalena Ehrenreich, Germany

I was born in Yugoslavia. During Second World War, I was separated from my parents from two and a half years to twelve years of age, and was put into a Communist atheistic children's camp. There was nobody to speak to us about God, faith and religion. So I did not know God and faith was not part of my childhood; I grew up with a lot of doubts. At the age of twelve, I joined my family. Later I worked as nurse in a hospital in Germany for some time; during that period I did self study of Psychoanalysis. Then I worked in another hospital, teaching nurses. All through my life I was searching for the meaning of life, peace and love. A group of twenty five people, all Germans reached India on 29 December 2010 for a five-day retreat in German language. It was very deep for me. After confession I felt happy and free. During counseling I could look into myself with love and understanding. Forgiveness was not easy for me. But after experiencing God’s forgiveness for me, I prayed for gift of forgiveness. During the inner healing service the Lord touched me and by His grace and mercy I could forgive others. During the Holy Mass I felt peace. Physically I had been suffering from rheumatism glaucoma and had pain in my back and shoulders. I did not bring enough medicines for my glaucoma problem. When the priest announced that a person was healed of eye problem I claimed the healing message for me and Jesus healed me. Now my eyes are all right. At the end of the retreat Fr Joseph took us on a pilgrimage tour. My friend and I at first planned, when all others go back to Germany, to stay in a good hotel in Cochin. But after attending the retreat, inside me there was a call from the Lord to back to DRC. We came back to DRC to attend a five-day retreat in English. We feel happy that God filled us with His love and Holy Spirit. When we wanted to come back to DRC I was afraid whether the priests would allow us to stay. But Fr Babu allowed us to stay at DRC with a warm welcome we feel very grateful to him and all the DRC priests through whose kindness we experienced God’s marvelous love and healing. Praise the Lord.

 
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 - drcsydney@gmail.com. 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

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.

MALAYALAM RETREATS

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.

OTHER LANGUAGES

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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