The province-arranged-annual retreat – 2015 was held at DMI Retreat Centre, Joe Beach, Chennai from 20th evening to 25th afternoon, September. Forty seven of our confreres attended this retreat. It was preached by Rev. Dr. Fr. Thomas Kalariparambil, Msfs. The theme of the retreat was: “Reimagining Consecrated Religious Life”. His talks were on: Religious Consecration: a taking leave of oneself, Consecrated to Christ Crucified, Consecrated into a Religious Communion, Revisiting the Vows, Called to be Mystics, Anointed to be Prophets, Commissioned to be Witnesses of Christ, Gospel Leadership and A New Dawn.
This year being the Year of Consecrated Life, he mostly focussed on the aspect of consecrated life in his talks. He, through his inspiring talks, led us into an atmosphere of prayer and encouraged us to be prayerful and silent in order to have the experience of God in a tangible way. He dealt with religious consecration especially in terms of the charism of our congregation. His approach to the Bible and the teachings of the Church was very creative and made us to reflect well. He cited examples and occurrences from his own life and that of others and anecdotes from different authors which inspired us.
Beginning from the mission command of Jesus and the missionary work of the disciples, he led us to be more closely consecrated to the Crucified Christ in our religious communion to be first of all mystics and then to be authentic leaders in the world. The atmosphere was very conducive for the retreat, and the five days were good and precious, and the confreres who attended the retreat indeed benefitted a lot form it. We thank the Provincial Administration for arranging the retreat for us.