Divine Retreat Center
The Divine Retreat Centre is the largest Catholic retreat centre in the world. Over 10 million pilgrims from all over the world have attended retreats here since 1990, till 2010. Weekly retreats in 7 languages are held non-stop every week of the year. It is truly an achievement possible only by the grace of God.
The centre which started as a preaching ministry, has now evolved into a home of love by the providence of God. The Potta-Divine retreat ministry is part of the renewal movement of the Vincentian Congregation of India, based on the spiritual traditions bequeathed by St. Vincent de Paul.
Since 1950, Indian Vincentian priests have been conducting popular mission retreats in parishes in Kerala, India. The effect has been overwhelming – it brought out a dynamic spiritual transformation in the lives of people.
In 1977, the Potta ashram was established as the centre to direct and to co-ordinate popular mission retreats. Full time preachers began to stay over to pray and prepare together. Large crowds began to flock to the ashram – the sick, the brokenhearted, and those seeking spiritual deliverance from vices including alcohol and drug addictions. God’s compassionate love poured out in abundance and healed many, as the good news of salvation was preached to all.
The Kochi International Airport, Nedumbasserry is just a half hour drive away from the centre. Pre-paid taxis are available at the airport and we recommend these.
The Divine Retreat Centre is situated next to the national highway (NH 47) Those coming by bus can get down right in front of the centre at Muringoor. The nearest town is Chalakudy.
The Divine Retreat Centre has a railway halt of its own called 'Divine Nagar'. The “Divine Nagar” station has a direct access to the Malayalam campus of the centre, from where the English campus, located on the other side of the highway can be reached by exiting the Malayalam campus and crossing the road. Certain long distance trains stop at Divine Nagar on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
If your train does not have a stop at Divine Nagar, then the next options are these below - with the distance in kilometres to DRC:
Shoranur (96 KM) < Thrissur (32 KM) < Chalakudy (2KM) < Divine Nagar > Aluva (21 KM) > Ernakulam (41 KM).
English Campus: +91-480-2708098; +91-480-2708193; +91-480-2702613
Malayalam Campus: +91-480-2708413; +91-480-2708513