NIRMALA RETREAT CENTRE, AMERICA
Nirmala Retreat Centre, America is one of the most sought after centers among those thirsting for spiritual growth and renewal. It is an offshoot of Nirmala Retreat Centre, Kulathuvayal and is started by Late Msgr.C J Varkey, the founder of Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate (MSMI) in mid 1980s. NRC Kulathuvayal has been propagating the Word of God since its formation.
Following the Lord???s command to preach the Good News to all creation (Mk16:15) and to propagate the redemptive love of Jesus, the Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate conduct charismatic retreats that are completely in line with the Catholic teaching every week in Malayalam. People flock to the center in hundreds for the weekly and one day programs and night vigils seeking spiritual rejuvenation and liberation from all sorts of evils, bondages of alcohol and drug addiction. Hundreds of healings have been witnessed over the years in the Centre. Many married but childless couples have testified to the Lord???s miraculous intervention in their lives. More importantly all who attended retreats have experienced the powerful presence of God thus leading them to conversion and spiritual healing (Lk. 4:18).
Since 2001 onwards we do the specific Charism of our Congregation in the cities of United States, mainly concentrated on Houston, San Antonio and Edinburg. We are continuing our Charism through Charismatic Retreats based in Houston on a regular basis. Now we are doing it once in three months for Adults in Malayalam. But in our mission, we focus retreats for the young and teenagers in future as they are the hope of the Church and the Country. Currently our Retreats are conducted in Our Lady of Lourdes Retreat Center at Houston. The total strength of the retreatants is seventy only. All the retreats are staying retreats starting from Thursday 5pm to Sunday 12 pm.
By the grace of God we conducted our first retreats in the month of August 2016. We concentrate more on inner healing. The specialty of the retreat is gifted Spiritual sharing sessions, where each one will get and individual attention and powerful Eucharistic Adoration. The retreat helped to look deep into the various problems in human life through different Sessions. All the retreatants filled with God???s love, inner healing and the mighty anointing of the Holy Spirit. It is glad to say that we are supported by a powerful intercessory team with day and night long intercessions. Thanks and Praise be to the Lord for His great blessings!
THE MISSIONARY SISTERS OF MARY IMMACULATE (MSMI)
The Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate is a congregation founded according to the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit by Late Rev. Fr. C.J.Varkey on Sept 8th, 1962. The main charism of the congregation is to spread the redeeming love of Jesus through family apostolate with special emphasis on house visiting and preaching of the Word of God. The deep love for Jesus compels the sisters of the Congregation to reach out to the least and the lost through various ministries like preaching, counselling, orphanages, old age homes, leprosy centres, nursing, teaching etc. The MSMI which was raised to a Congregation of Pontifical right by Pope John Paul II on 15 Oct, 1988 is a response of the Church to the world???s spiritual hunger. Sisters with their God experience impart the love of Jesus through their respective ministries. Love of God which is ever inflamed in the heart of the MSMI sisters through the spirit of prayer urges them to reach the farthest and widest corners of the world with the Gospel. Today the Congregation which is in its 50th year of birth with 760 members has spread its wings to the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi and even outside the country to Germany, Italy and America.