The Divine Retreat Ashram, Delhi is located in Faridabad, very close to South Delhi and has residential quarters for 450 people. It was founded by the Vincentian Congregation, which founded the world famous Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor, Potta.
A little about it’s founding: Listening to the people’s cry of Northern India, where the spirit of renewal had not permeated much, the Holy Spirit again gave message to Rev Fr Mathew Naikomparampil VC., who was busy on the move, conducting retreats and spiritual rejuvenation for people in various parts of North India, that a Divine Retreat Centre should be set up around Delhi. Based on this central message and with the approval, permission and pastoral blessings of the late Archbishop of Delhi Allen De Lastic and the then Director of D S T Rev Fr George Kureethara, the Divine Retreat Ashram, Delhi was started in Faridabad with Rev Fr Kuriakose Punnolil as its Director.
The first convention held in 1999 at Divine Retreat Ashram, Delhi was blessed and inaugurated by Archbishop Allen De Lastic himself. Thousands who flocked to Divine for the convention went home healed in soul and body. It is in this convention that Fr Mathew received yet another message that intercessory prayers be held and more specially, the Holy Rosary be prayed for the world at large and North India in particular. On the strength of this, the “Divine Delhi Rosary” came into existence. People of any religion, caste and creed can be members of this group. Its sole intention is to proclaim that Jesus is the saviour of the universe and help people come closer to our Lord Jesus through Divine Rosary and Charismatic Prayers.
Working for the glory of God: Under this umbrella around 400 coordinators worked for the Glory of God and with their comprehensive effort people in thousands come to Divine Retreat Ashram for prayers and derive their spiritual strength through the Word of God. Started with a meagre 35 people for the first night vigil, now the strength has grown to around 4,000 people on the evening of every first Friday of the Month. This day gives an opportunity to many participants to repent and partake in Confession.