Potta Ashram, is situated in a small obscure village of Muringoor in the central part of Kerala. It was at this place a few years ago that God showed His Power of Healing, Love, Forgiveness, and above all His Divine Self. The Miracles that have taken place here are too numerous to recall off hand. The Area is called Chalakudy and the Station is now known as Divine Nagar. It was founded as the Popular Mission Centre of the Vincentian Congregation. Popular Mission is the parish where the renewal programme is conducted by the Vincentian fathers. It started of as a small retreat centre, soon people began to crowd to the Ashram seeking spiritual solace and liberation from the evils of alcoholic and drug addiction. The sick and broken hearted came in large numbers. God's compassionate love poured in. From January 1987 onwards daily ministry of the Word and healing services are conducted in the Ashram from 8 a.m. in the morning to 4 p.m. in the afternoon. About 3000 people attend these services every day. Salvific love of God flows into the hearts of these people, healing them of their ailments and flooding their minds with great joy and peace. The invitation to John and Andrew by Jesus echoed in the hearts of many ( John. 1:39). People were insistently asking to stay in the Ashram for a few days to hear the Word of God continuously and pray unceasingly. A small retreat house was constructed on the premises of the Ashram for the purpose. Week-long resident retreats are conducted in this house on alternate weeks. Bible conventions are conducted in various parts of India by a team under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Mathew Naickomparambil, V.C. The gatherings swelled to millions in the conventions in the cities of Trivandrum, Ernakulam, Trichur and other towns of Kerala.
Six kilometers away from Potta, there was a building constructed for the Divine Hospital. The hospital was not functioning for a long time. It was the purpose of the Lord that the Divine Hospital be used for Divine Healing through the preaching of the Word of God. Under the directorship of Rev. Fr. George Panakkal, V.C., week-long resident retreats are conducted over here every week, in which more than 5000 people participate.
A typical instruction for those leaving from Bangalore to Potta is as follows:
Friday: 9.00 p.m. Departure from Bangalore Railway Station via Kanyakumari Express. Saturday: 9.00 a.m. Reach Chalakudy Railway station. Take an Auto and proceed to Dyana Kendra or Divine Retreat Centre at Muringoor. 10.30 a.m. On reaching the retreat center go straight to the enquiry counter. Ladies and gents have separate accommodation arrangements. 1.40 p.m. Have Lunch by buying coupons. After lunch proceed to Potta immediately. Sunday: Registrations begin. Monday: The day of Surrender. Tuesday: The Day of Confession. Wednesday: The day of Counseling. Thursday: Inner Healing, Prayer and Fasting. Friday: Gift of the Holy Spirit. Saturday: Final Mass. Blessing of Rosary, Bible. etc. ( Kanyakumari Express leaves Chalakudy Station at 4.40 p.m. and reaches Bangalore City on Sunday at 5.45 a.m.). For Laypersons the retreat begins on every Sunday at 12 noon and ends on Saturday 9.30 a.m. No prior booking or advance registration is required, enough place is provided for al participants. Mental patients are strictly not allowed to participate in the retreat. In order to get healing the family members of these patients should attend. One is advised not to bring gold ornaments and precious things. The participant has to bring a Bible, notebook, pen, torch, 2 bed spreads and Rosary. One is advised to wear modest dresses for women, for the Indian a Saree or Churidhar is ideal. Holy Communion is not given in the hand, are some of the instructions given to the participant. However, for further details one could contact Fr. Director, Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor 680316, Chalakudy, Kerala, India. Phone : 04882 2513.
The above information is slightly modified, where the Divine Retreat Centre operates in the new premises at Muringoor, with Malayalam, Tamil and Telegu Retreats on one side of the road and English, Konkani, Hindi and Kannada on the other side. There are seperate prayer halls for each language. Rev. Fr. Mathew Naickomparambil, V.C handles the former, and Fr. Augustine Vallooran, VC, the other sections.
My Personal Experience at Potta, Ronnie
'Jesus Christ is the same Yesterday, Today and Forever' (Heb 13 : 8)
on February 21st, 22nd and 23rd 1997, (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
9AM to 6 PM, at Shivajinagar Corporation Ground, Bangalore, conducted by:
Rev. Fr. Augustine Vallooran and his Potta Team
(Please bring your Bible)
All Are Welcome
Contact: Good News Centre, St. Mary's Basilica, Shivajinagar, Bangalore 560 051
by His Grace Rt. rev. Dr. Alphonse Mathias, Archbishop of Bangalore, on 22nd March 1997,
by Rev. Fr. Mathew Naickamparambil V.C. (Potta)
From 19th March 1997 to 22nd March 1997 Time: 9AM to 5 PM
Director, Renewal Retreat Centre - Fr. George Jacob Poothakuzhy CST Co-ordinator, Renewal Retreat Centre - Babu John
RENEWAL RETREAT CENTRE
C/o Vidya Bhavan, P.B. No: 2903,
Dharmaram College P.O.
Christ School Road,
Bangalore 560 029 , INDIA
Tel: 6687563 & 6633988
Bus Routes to reach the Retreat Centre:
City Market: 340, 341, 342, 350, 353, 353E
Majestic : 162, 165A, 167E, 168, 168E, 171, 351, 351A, 352A, 356
Shivaji Nagar : 161, 161D, 166, 368
Yeswantpur: 173, 175
Alight at Bangalore Diary Circle / Dharmaram College and take the first left cross on Bannerghatta Road, near Sagar Automobiles.
From: AP1RMC::"email@example.com" "Mathew" To: firstname.lastname@example.org CC: Subj: Potta Info on your page!
Happened to see the Potta info on your page, there is a Mission magazine Vachanolsavam published from Potta, and it is available online on internet at http://www.datanumeric.com/vlm/ - check it out and include the link on your page since lot of people will be interested in reading it!
Regards Mathew Varghese
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