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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


Living in Faith - Rohan Parish, Nepal

My wife and I had been to the Divine Retreat Centre twice. The first time we were there during November 1994. We went there with an intention basically to pray for ourselves since we were not blessed with a child after four long years of anxious waiting inspite of all the best medical treatment. After the retreat, we were rather disappointed since almost a year had gone by and nothing had worked out for us. We were heart-broken. But deep in our hearts we were sure of the Lord’s mercy and grace knowing that one day He would shower His blessings upon us. So once again we decided to go to the Divine Retreat Centre and somewhere around October 1995 we made our second retreat.

The priest who had blessed and prayed for us, told us, “Do not be disappointed. God knows what is best for us and gives it to us when the time is right. Pray not only for your personal needs but also for others having similar problems.” It struck us then – how selfish we had been. From that very moment my wife and I decided to surrender ourselves totally to Jesus and accept the plan of God even if we were not going to have a child. We just praised and thanked for it. As we offered ourselves to Jesus we also prayed for others who were having worse problems than ours.

Our Lord knew our hearts’ desire. He heard our prayers immediately. My wife conceived and on New Year’s Day 1997, we were blessed with a beautiful baby girl. She was the most precious gift we could ever receive in our lifetime. Our joy knew no bounds and we praised and thanked the Almighty Lord. He works wonders in the lives of everyone who calls upon Him with a sincere heart. Our parents, friends and relatives rejoiced with us in this revelation of God’s glory.

When we look back and think of it, we thank God for making us wait so long because it has brought us even closer to Jesus. How wonderfully He proves His love for us. We will always thank our Lord and never stop praising Him for what He has done for us.

"With us is the Lord our God, to help us." (2 Chronicles 32:8)

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

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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.


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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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