Divine Retreat Centre Somersby
|Address||Divine Retreat Centre, 160 Hensons Road, Somersby 2250, NSW, Australia.|
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01. Fr. Adimakiyil Thomas - Parish Ministry
02. Fr. Anthikkadan Joseph - Finance Officer & Asst. Director
03. Fr. Mappilaparambil Sebastian - Parish Ministry
04. Fr. Mukkuzhy George - Director
05. Fr. Payyappilly Michael - Higher Studies
01. Divine Retreat Centre (2013)
HISTORY AND PRESENT ACTIVITIES
The Divine Retreat Centre, Somersby is in the Diocese of Broken Bay which is in the Central Coast of New South Wales. It is just an hour’s journey from the Centre of Sydney. In a lovely picturesque setting, far from the crowd and noise of the city and set in 30 acres of land, the Centre is ideal for retreats. The Centre was earlier an art gallery before being handed over to the diocese. The land owned by the Diocese of Broken Bay has been taken on lease by the Marymatha Province to run the Vincentian Retreats. The Centre was blessed and inaugurated on the 7th of April 2013 by the Vicar General Rev. Fr. Vince Casey. On the same day, Rev. Fr. Paul Puthuva, the Provincial of the Marymatha Province declared the canonical erection of the Vincentian house at Somersby.
Fr. Michael Payyapilly was appointed the first Director of the Centre and he started staying in the residence at the premises of the center. Residential retreats are held once a month over the weekend. A one day retreat is held on the last Sunday of every month. Daily counsellings are held for those in need. A good number of people attend the retreats and there is good support from the people and from the neighboring parishes. The Vincentian priests conducted retreats in most of the neighbouring parishes and this has helped in building a relationship with the priests around the centre. Retreats are also held in different parishes around Sydney which help in advertising the retreats held at the centre. Outreaches are made to different cities across Australia and the centre is getting well known amongst the people. Retreatants come from different parts of Australia and also from countries like Singapore, Malayasia, China, Hong Kong, Germany, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea. The centre is supported by more than 30 volunteers along with their families who are committed to the cause of the retreat centre.
At present we do not have residential facilities at the retreat centre and so we rent out a nearby facility that is run by the diocese. The Vincentians are on the lookout for a land to firmly establish the Retreat Centre here in Sydney. Every Saturday there is a Parish Mass, as the Centre was being used as a Mass Centre for the nearby Parish. It still remains a Mass Centre and the Mass is celebrated by the priests of the local parish. The growth of the retreat centre has been good and the potential looks bright.