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Retreats in Sri Lanka

Retreats in Sri Lanka

 

Rev. Frs. Augustine Mundackatt and Raphael Koothur led retreat-preaching in Sri Lanka on February 15-23. On Feb 15 – 18, retreats were conducted at three parishes in the diocese of Baticaloa - Church of Our Lady of Presentation, Thandavapally (3 evenings) Holy Cross Shrine, Kalmunai, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Ayitamalai. Around 1500 people attended the retreat. Rev. Bishop of Baticaloa, priests and many religious also attended the retreat.

Retreat was conducted at the Cathedral of the Diocese of Mannar on 19th and at the Shrine of Infant Jesus, Mannar on 20th February. Around 2000 people attended the retreat. On consecutive three evenings (Feb 21-23) retreat preaching was held at St. James Parish, Elavalai, in the Diocese of Jafna and during day time at Divine Retreat Centre, Jafna.

Fr Augustine Mundackatt had conducted retreats and bible conventions in these Dioceses from 1997 -2007, during LTTE struggles and war in Sri lanka. The recent retreats in these areas were really growth-experiences and great works of evangelization.

The presence of Fr Raphael in the team was a great strength. His preaching in Tamil, his versatile style of preaching and ministry and knowledge of the Word of God and documents of the Church added glowing spiritual flavour and fruits to the mission. There were many testimonies of healings and miracles. This is a promising future for our Tamil mission: the harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few. 

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