Talk: Truth On the Catholic Church
Preachor:Â Rev. Fr. Michael Payyapilly
Source : Divine TV
At: Divine Retreat Centre, Potta – Kerala
About: Rev. Fr. Michael Payyapilly
Fr. Michael Payyapilly. The director of the Divine Retreat Centre in Somersby (NSW, Australia), Fr. Michael is a distinguished preacher and a faithful priest who has donned a cassock gracefully for 8Â years now. Here is part 1 of an absorbing interview with the Vincentian priest where he talks about his call, holiness and how he overcame stage fright to grow into a powerful preacher for the glory 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.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor” (Lk 4:18) This was taken by St.Vincent as a special motto for his own ministry and that of the society of priests that he founded. The Vincentian Congregation, patterned on the society of priests founded by St. Vincent de Paul, was started in India in 1904.
The two main aims of the Vincentian Congregation are:
*Preaching the good news to the poor
*Caring for the poor and the afflicted
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 facilities at Potta ashram became inadequate for the large number of people converging for week-long residential retreats held in Malayalam. A sprawling residence was acquired at Muringoor, on the banks of Chalakudy River, six kilometres away from Potta – it was named Divine Retreat Centre. The mighty works of God spread far and wide, all over the world, and the pilgrims poured in. New vistas opened up and retreats began in six other languages ”“ English, Konkani, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.
Today, Divine Retreat Centre is the largest Catholic retreat centre in the world. Since 1990, over 10 million pilgrims from all over the world have attended retreats here. 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.
About : Divine TV
Divine TV has been conceptualised on one principle thought: universal well-being. The concept first bore fruition in the mind of Rev. Dr. Augustine Vallooran (Vice Chairman & Director, Jeevan TV). Though one might think that it is easy to come up with an idea, it takes dogged persistence and, at times, digging in the reserves of unthinkable faith to make it a reality. Obstacles are only the means to cement your purpose in concrete. Some nod and some shake their heads at challenges as big as procedural restraints and sluggish sanctioning processes. But Fr. Vallooran did neither; he continued to smile with the strength impressed upon him by the Saviour, never deterring him. He is the Vice Chairman of Divine TV.
Fr. George Kammattil blessed the project as someone who can foresee the slew of miracles packed in this dream. He is the Chairman, Divine TV.
Fr. Verghese Thuruthichira deserves special mention for the mobility he offered to serve this divine cause.
A committed board consisting of dedicated workers of divinity put the wind beneath the wings of the vision called Divine TV. We have been guided by the enthusiasm of Fr. Mathew Naickomparambil, Fr. Joseph Vanianthara. If faith can work miracles, action can obviously work up speed. Each and every one of them made sure that no time was wasted in taking the plan to desirable consequences.
There also is the flaming strength and enthusiasm of Peter K. Joseph as Chief Consultant, Divine TV, who has been enriched by a wealth of media experience, precisely spanning over fourteen years. Of those, ten eventful years have been spent with one of the world”™s largest Television enterprises. He has also served and enlivened the world”™s first Malayalam devotional Christian channel as its Managing Director and CEO for the last five years, right since its inception.
Divine TV is all set to deliver nothing short of a mass revival of our family values in the best tradition of Christian love. Each and every one of you is a designated member.