Divine Prayer Centre New Jersey
|Address||Divine Prayer Centre, 426, Route 57 West, Washington, NJ 07882, USA.|
|Email $ Web||http://www.divinenj.org/ ;|
|Country||United States of America|
01. Fr. Aenekatt Joseph - Director
02. Fr. Anchumuriyil Sebastian - Finance Officer & Asst. Director
03. Fr. Chelangattuchery George - Parish Ministry
04. Fr. Cheruparambil Francis - Mission Procurator & Parish Ministry
05. Fr. Choorathottiyil Paul - Higher Studies
06. Fr. Kallattil John - Parish Ministry
07. Fr. Manickathan John - Superior
08. Fr. Pandarathikudiyil Sebastian - Parish Ministry
09. Fr. Rathappillil Vincent - Parish Ministry
10. Fr. Vattakunnel James - Parish Ministry
01. Divine Prayer Centre (2007)
02. Vincentian Congregation Inc. (1991)
03. Divine Mercy Healing Centre Inc. (1994)
HISTORY AND PRESENT ACTIVITIES
In the early nineties an attempt was made by the Marymatha Province to start a Retreat Centre in Loudenville, in Ohio, USA. When this attempt failed Dr. John Titus approached the superiors with the request to open a retreat centre in New Jersey. As settler of the Divine Mercy Healing Center, Inc., a non profitable Trust, he could make this project vibrant.
In the year 2001 His Holiness Pope John Paul II established the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago for the Syro-Malabar faithful and appointed Mar Jacob Angadiath as its bishop. In December next year, the then Provincial Very Rev. Fr. Varghese Parappuram, obtained permission from Mar Jacob Angadiath to start a Retreat Center in the U.S. Rev. Fr. Antony Thekkanath was sent in September 2003 to the United States of America to start a Retreat Center.
Divine Mercy Healing Center, Inc. had bought a building that was available in Washington Township, New Jersey and an acre of the land adjacent to it and entrusted us to start our ministry. Fr. Antony began his ministry in that building. This building still continues to be the Priests’ residence and Vincentian Ashram. The present executive members of the Trust are Rev. Fr. James Vattakkunnel, the President; Dr. John Titus, the Vice-president; Fr. Sanjai Chelangattussery, the Secretary and Fr. John Manickathan, the Treasurer.
In February 2004, we began the prayer service in Malayalam in the semi-basement area with a few people on the second Saturdays of every month. In the following month we began the regular Wednesday prayer service which included the Eucharistic Adoration and the Holy Mass. As months passed by, with the growing number of people attending the prayer services we found it very inconvenient to continue in the semi-basement area. In the year 2005 we had to shift the venue for the Prayer-services to Philipsburg. It was so kind of Dr. John Titus to open his office at Philipsburg for the Prayer-services, where more than 100 people were accommodated. Towards the end of 2005, we began the English prayer service on the Saturdays of the 4th week of the month. As the number of participants began to increase, an urgent need to build a prayer hall cum Chapel was strongly felt.
Limitation of space was a main constraint for our ministry there. An extension of the building was planned to execute by availing loans from bank. A hall that could accommodate 200 people and seven office rooms above the hall was the extension planned. The construction began in May 2006 and which got over by September 2007. The blessing and inauguration of the new block was held on 29th September 2007. Mar Jacob Angadiath, the Bishop of the St.Thomas Syro-Malabar diocese of Chicago blessed the new block and Very Rev. Fr. James Kallumkal, the then Provincial inaugurated the same in the presence of many of our confreres and a large number of faithful. The 2nd Saturday gathering in Malayalam steadily began to increase and close to 200 people would attend. The English prayer-service regularly was held in the 4th week of every month. Conventions and Retreats in Malayalam and English were held. During this time, we bought a house in view of accommodating our Confreres visiting America for the Mission Appeal Program, which is situated one and a half miles from Divine Prayer Center.
Presently we have weekly programs, Saturday Prayer-service and residential retreats. The Residential Retreats are conducted twice a month in English and once every two months in Malayalam. 80-100 people take part in the Retreats. A Parents-Retreat and a Youth-Retreat are conducted annually.