Wednesday, July 31, 2013

BIS # 3600 POWER 2013

by Meryl Tixeira 


DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ( POTTA ), JULY 31, 2013: POWER 2013: the most exciting, anointed and joyous 'DIVINE  International Youth Conference' was held at the Divine Retreat Centre ( Potta) Chalakuddy from 14th to 19th July 2013. Thousands of Youth from India and all over the world experienced the love and mercy of God Almighty. Internationally renowned Church leaders, bishops, priests, preachers, music bands came to proclaim the word of God.The preaching was vibrant and challenging. The music led them from lively praise to deep worship. Groups of youth from different countries offered inspiring testimonies and colorful worship dances to reveal that the heart of the Church is really throbbing with a consuming love for the Lord. Music teams like the Empowered Ministry from Malaysia, Corner Stone from Philippines, Faith Band from Goa, Risen Lord Community from Sri Lanka, Glen and Theresa from Kerala and many more,  inspired the youth to grow in faith & believe in the Lord Almighty and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Fr. Allwyn Misquitta organised a group of 158 enthusiasts with 53 youngsters including 26 from Our Lady of Dolours Wadala ; 20 adults and othe committed youth from the various parishes in the archdiocese, who attended this retreat experience. The youth were led in prayer by Fr. Allwyn Misquita and Br. Michael during the pilgrimage. The youth visited the place where St. Francis Xavier ministered, Blessed Mariam Theresa lived, and the place where the relic of St Thomas is preserved and how he conducted the baptism of the Brahmins. They were also a shown a short film on St. Thomas.