The Divine Retreat Centre (DRC) is the Largest Catholic Retreat Centre in the world. It is founded by Fr George Panackal. The Divine Retreat Centre is led by the Vincentian Priests who belong to the Congregation of the Mission Mary Matha Province.
The Congregation of the Mission which was founded by St. Vincent de Paul about 395 years ago on the 17th of April 1625. Hence, St. Vincent de Paul is considered the father and Patron of the congregation.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he
has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor” (Luke
4:18) was the motto adopted by St. Vincent de Paul for his own ministry and
that of the Congregation of Mission.
In India, Vincentian
Congregation started in 1904 and
the Indian Vincentian Priests started conducting Catholic charismatic retreats in
Kerala, a Southern State in India as early as 1950. The Potta Ashram was
founded by Fr. Mathew Naickomparabil VC in Potta, Kerala, India. These
Spiritual retreats drew large crowds of devotees who found transformation, renewal
of their faith, Divine connection, peace and solace through Prayers, Praise and
Worship. The ‘Popular Mission
Retreats’ were attended not just by local people but by people from the neighbouring
Indian states and other parts of the world.
“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message
and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” (Romans
Due to space constraints and the inability to
accommodate the devotees at Potta Ashram, The Divine Retreat Centre was
established on a sprawling site in the picturesque village of Muringoor, near
Chalakudy, in God’s Own Country – Kerala was inaugurated in 1987. Due to
the ongoing pandemic and Lockdown restrictions, the Retreats are no longer
held. These multi lingual residential week- long retreats were held in the
designated halls which are spacious to accommodate thousands of devotees.
“ We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as
though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s
behalf: Be reconciled to God.” ( 2
Divine Retreat Centre (Kerala, India) is led
by Fr. Augustine Vallooran, Fr. Mathew Naickomparabil , Fr. John Prince VC, Fr.
Sebastian Vadakkumpadan, Fr. Paul Puthuva, Fr. John Kanichery VC, Fr. K P Philip,
Fr. Tomy Punnassery, Fr. Philip Nedumthuruthil, Fr. Jacob Arimpur, Fr. Paul Parekattil
VC and all other Rev. Priests, Spiritual Preachers, the Intercessors,
Music Ministry, Volunteers.
Divine Retreat Centre (India) has various
Ministries such as:
The Spiritual Retreats
have been attended by more than 10 million devotees from different countries worldwide.
The retreats are held in several languages namely English,
Malayalam, Konkani, Kannada, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Since the past decades
and prior to start of the Covid 19 pandemic in India,
2) Charitable Services: The
Charitable Trust has nine Charitable Homes located on the Divine
Campus. These include:
• At. Vincent’s Home for AIDS Patients
• Divine Villa for Girls
• Divine Palliative Care Centre
• Maria Santhi Bhavan
• De -Addiction Centre
• St. Mary’s Home and Project for Women’s
• St. Paul’s Home for Boys
Divine Dairy Farm and other Charitable social initiatives.
3) The Praise and Worship Ministry
including the Music Ministry.
4) Media Ministry which includes:
Vision Television is a Spiritual TV Channel available 24 hours and
broadcasts Spiritual Preachings, Praise and Worship conducted at Divine Retreat
Centre (Kerala, India).
Voice. is a Magazine published by DRC (Kerala, India) and is
available in about six languages- English, Malayalam Konkani, Hindi, Tamil and
Kannada. Mustard Kids is the Children’s English magazine.
Goodness TV is the YouTube Channel of the Divine Retreat Centre (Kerala,
Since March 2020, live Holy Masses and Holy Adorations,
Spiritual Reflections, Talks and Retreats have been live streamed daily on Divine
• Toronto – Divine Retreat Centre, Vincentian
Prayer Centre, 69 William Street, Toronto, ON, M9N 2G6, Canada
• Perth – Vincentian Prayer Centre, Holy Family Church, Lot
375, Alcock Street, Maddington, 6109, Perth
• Sydney – Divine Retreat
Centre, 160 Hensons Road, Somersby 2250, Sydney
• Vienna – Vinzentiner Haus, Zanaschkagasse
12/30/15-16, 1120, Wien, Austria
United States of America:
New Jersey – Divine Prayer
Centre, 426, Route 57 West, Washington, NJ 07882, USA
Tampa – Divine Mercy Prayer
House, 2905 S Frontage Road, Plant City, FL 33566, USA
“ For we are co- workers in God’s service; you
are God’s field, God’s building.”(1Corinthians
History About The Divine Retreat Centre, Ramsgate ,UK)
The Divine Retreat Centre UK is located in
St. Augustine’s Abbey in Ramsgate, Kent. Formerly, known as St. Augustine’s
Abbeyafter St. Augustine, a Benedictine Monk belonging to the Benedictine
Congregation of Subiaco . St. Augustine is considered
as the“ Apostle to the English” and a founder of the English Church. St.
Augustine was the first Archbishop of Canterbury in 597 and he was
responsible for the Evangelisation of the people in the UK. Ramsgate
is considered as the birthplace of Christianity in England.
St. Augustine’s Abbey is one of the first
Benedictine Monasteries built in United Kingdom in 1860-1861. In 1881,
it became a Priory and in 1896 it attained the status of an Abbey by Pope Blessed Pius IX.
The Vincentian Congregation purchased
the St. Augustine’s Abbey in Ramsgate, UK and
St. Augustine’s Abbey was renamed as the Divine Retreat
Centre UK – Ramsgate on the 16th of March 2014. It was blessed
and inaugurated by His Excellency Peter Smith, the Archbishop of Southwark.
Since then, the Divine Retreat Centre UK has been conducted Masses,
Holy Adorations, Spiritual Retreats, Praise and Worship, Spiritual Talks,
Charitable Services, Spiritual Guidance and other Spiritual services. Divine
Retreat Centre UK is responsible for the Re- Evangelisation of the Catholic
Faith and Devotion in the UK
The Divine Retreat Centre UK is led by Fr. George Panackal VC, Fr. Joseph Edattu VC, Fr Antony Parankimalil VC and Fr Jose Palliyil VC, Intercessors, Music Ministry, Volunteers.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God. ( John
Divine Retreat Centre UK
March 2020, residential three days Spiritual Retreats were held in , Konkani ,Malayalam,
• Youth Retreat
“Hesed” – is a Spiritual Retreat for
teenagers above 16 years of age and young adults.
Worship Ministry including the Music Ministry:
Tower – a 24hrs Intercessory
Powerful Prayer Service conducted online via Zoom wherein Divine Retreat Centre
UK Intercessors pray for those requesting Prayers from all different parts of
Zoom ID :
890 6720 3785*
UK – is the YouTube Channel of the Divine Retreat Centre UK.
March 2020, the Live Online Holy Masses and Holy Adorations of the Blessed
Sacrament have been streamed daily at 17:00hrs. Special Spiritual Online
Retreats are also conducted in English, Konkani, Malayalam, Tamil.
Youth Ministry: Under My Roof – is a Youth Programme that is held as a
Live Webinar every Saturday.
Kids Ministry : Bambino – is a Children’s Programme which aims to teach
children about Christianity through interesting stories, Bible passages/
parables, Cathetism lessons, games etc.
: Daily Spiritual Reflections by Fr. Joseph Edattu.
Subscribe to the Divine UK YouTube Channel to access the various ministries.
News / Newsletter : is a monthly Newsletter published online by the Divine
Retreat Centre UK and can be accessed via the official website of Divine
Retreat Centre UK or via the
Divine UK App https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.divineuk.android or Newsletter Subscription. The Newsletter contains many Spiritual
Articles, Transcribed Talks of the Homilies of the Divine Retreat Centre UK and
other Spiritual enriching literature.
Radio is available 24hrs a day all
throughout the year and in 5 languages such as English, Malayalam, Konkani,
Tamil and Swahili. It can be easily accessed through the Divine
UK Mobile App.
in April 2021. Both iPhone and Android versions are available free of cost and
can be downloaded from Play Store. It is totally user- friendly, easily accessible
and with organized features. All the Ministries of Divine Retreat Centre
UK such as the daily live Holy Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy
Mass, Dewfall, Bambino, Divine News/Newsletter and other features can be
quickly and easily accessed via this App.