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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


Priest's Heart Deeply Touched During Retreat - Fr.Gregory Gomes. S.J., Patna

Praise be the name of Jesus! I thank the Lord for the beautiful experience at the Divine Retreat Centre. Thank you for the prayers, sermons and counselling during my retreat at the centre. It was a touching experience with the Lord and I wish to share some of them with you.

There were many moments during the retreat where the Lord touched me deeply. I firmly believe now, God is powerful and it is through God's word that we can surrender ourselves to Him. The devotional songs touched me and at one time when the hymn, 'what a friend we have in Jesus' was sung, I wept profusely. The Lord blessed me with His assurance as a Friend and to pour out all my agonies to Him.

A number of passages inspired me namely: Is 49:15, Is 43:4, Psalm 27:10. The words that struck me were; 'Your heart is made to be filled with God's Love'. 'Love will conquer. Go after the Healer and healing will follow'. -'If anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink' (John 7:37). 'For where your treasure is, there will your heart also be' (Lk.12: 34). 'GOD MUST BE FIRST IN OUR LIVES'. 'My Word is life' (John 6:63).

Another deep experience I had was the forgiving love of the Father. I sat for confession from 9.30am to 8 pm with a short break. It was such a beautiful experience- I wept many times as I absolved people and in between I felt inspired to go and confess whole heartedly. It was truly a touching experience of how infinite the Love of the Father is. His mercy is all caring and loving. I truly experienced His presence. God did speak to me that He cares and loves me and His love has no end.

The witnesses of the healing and merciful love of God had a great impact on me. I could feel God's touch flowing in my heart as persons shared their experience of prayer. 'When two or three are gathered in my name, I am there in their midst', these words became a reality. The whole house became His presence and each one experienced this. Even though there were so many children yet the house was quiet and filled with prayer and God's presence. Thank you and praise you Jesus, Alleluia! "Give Me Life So That I May Praise You; May Your Instructions Help Me"(Ps.119: 175)

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.


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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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