The Divine Retreat Centre, Somersby is one of the many branches of Vincentian Retreat Centre’s across the globe. It is part of the renewal movement of the Vincentian Congregation in India inspired by the specific call in Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to bring the good news to the poor”
The Vincentian priests from India have been conducting the highly successful parish Popular Mission retreats from 1950. This lead to an urgent need for a follow up programme. And so in 1977 the Potta Retreat Centre was begun. With the crowds flocking into the Centre and space becoming a problem to hold the huge crowds, the Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor, Kerala was opened. This centre is today the largest catholic retreat centre in the world. People from different parts of the world attend retreats at DRC Muringoor and have had life changing experiences.
Regular outreach ministries by the Vincentian priests to different parts of the world, led to the opening of similar retreat centres across the world.
For the past eleven years the Vincentians have been conducting special retreats a couple of times a year in different cities across Australia. The demands for the retreat centre in Australia grew. The Bishop of Broken Bay, Most Rev. David Walker’s visit to Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor India led to the Bishop inviting the Vincentians to start a retreat centre in the Dicoese of Broken Bay.
On the 7th of April, 2013 on the Feast of the Divine Mercy, the Divine Retreat Centre, Somersby was inaugurated and the Vincentian house was erected. The Divine Retreat Centre, Somersby is in the Central Coast of New South Wales. It is just an hour’s journey from Sydney city. In a lovely picturesque setting, far from the crowd and noise of the city and set in the midst of 20 acres of greenery, the Centre is ideal for retreats and for that special union with the Lord.
The Centre holds residential retreats once a month. One day retreats are held on the last Sunday of every month. A retreat for children too is held on the last Sunday of every month.