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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


Healed of Cancer - Rosa Pinto, Portugal

The Lord our God has manifested Himself in my life in the most beautiful and glorious manner. My Jesus touched me and felt the healing power of the Lord. "For neither herb nor poultice cured them, but it was Thy word, O Lord, which heals all men." (Wisdom 16:12)

I have been a Cancer patient since 1993 and had to undergo three operations. But it was all to no avail. Finally, through God’s plan, I got the healing touch.

The first time, I was operated in June 1993. The outcome of the surgery was shattering. A cyst was detected in the right ovary. It was later found to be cancerous. The Doctor advised me to undergo chemotherapy. After this treatment I went through a second surgery in 1994, as the right ovary still showed some cancerous cells. After the surgery, a small nodule persisted. Preparations were then made for my third surgery.

Before this, my brother and two of my nieces requested the Intercessory Prayer Tower of the Divine Retreat Centre for prayers on my behalf. Truly, it was God’s hands that cured me of my illness. I underwent my third surgery and later, came to attend the retreat at the Divine Centre.

When I returned to Portugal after the retreat, I went through a regular check-up in February 1997. To my great astonishment, I found that there was no sign of Cancer any more.

God’s mercy had indeed touched and cured me. He instilled in me a great and unshakeable sense of faith. I have become a regular reader of the Holy Bible and say my prayers daily. It is my sincere endeavor to live according to the dictates of the Lord and abide by the Word of God.

I pray to the Lord for His grace and presence to guide me in my journey. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." (1 Peter 1:3-4)

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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