Nature of the Retreats
Regular retreats are conducted every weekend at the Centre, varying from one-day conventions to three-day residential retreats. The retreats are conducted in over five different languages, such as English, Malayalam, Konkani and Tamil, with retreatants travelling from all over the World, from places such as Australia, China, and Switzerland. A core team of intercessors, volunteers and preachers enable the success of each event.
The retreats are led mainly by Fr. George Panackal VC, Fr. Joseph Edattu VC, Fr Anthony Parankimalil VC and Fr Jose Palliyil VC who are the residing priests at the abbey. Retreats do not merely include preaching, praise and worship, and teaching, but retreatants are taught the importance of what we practice as Catholics and why. A new meaning and understanding of the Bible is unveiled and the Word of God is brought to life, as all the talks are based mainly on the scriptures and traditions of the Church.
During three-day residential retreats, the first day focuses on God’s love and forgiveness, the second day on inner healing and the final day, on Thanksgiving and the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Each day concludes with the celebration of Holy Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. During the retreats, priests are available to hear confessions and to offer spiritual guidance. Children’s ministry is also held simultaneously along with weekly retreats.
Youth Retreat – Hesed
Hesed is one of the extensions of the Centre, which is a community of youth and young adults who are excited about their faith and about Jesus. Within a year of the Centre’s inauguration, special retreats known as ‘Hesed’ (founded from the same Hebrew word which describes God’s love for us and His special relationship with the children of Israel) were being held. This enables teenagers and young adults above the age of 16 to escape the snares of society and envelop themselves in the grace of God. During Hesed Retreats, dramas, street evangelisation, and individual spiritual sharing encourages the youth to grow and express their faith to their friends and family.