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Good News Retreat Centre at Pampady is an institution of the St.Paul Province of Heralds of Good News. Heralds of Good News is a Missionary Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right. The specific aim of Heralds of Good News is to form and supply zealous and hardworking priests who are passionate to serve the Lord , Jesus Christ , through the proclamation of His Good News in word and deed. It is in accordance with the charism of our Missionary Society that the St. Paul Province established Good News Retreat Centre at Pampady in ….. to preach the Good News to all ( Mk. 16:15,16) through the spiritual retreats guided by the Fathers of Heralds of Good News. The founding director of the Centre is Fr. Joseph Kandathiparambil. Fr. Biju Thoompunkal is the present director of the Retreat Centre.

Good News Retreat Centre is an oasis of spiritual renewal and empowerment for many who want to grow deeper in their relationship with God. Hundreds of people of all ages and from every kind of background come to the Centre every week to make spiritual retreats as men and women of our time have always need at times to withdraw temporarily from daily living in order to nourish their inner life of the Spirit. Good News Retreat Centre facilitates the retreatants to experience solitude and stillness, spend time in prayer and reflection, and to be in the company of God (Mk. 6: 31, 32). During the retreats, the participants begin to take stock of their lives and look for that which really counts. Spiritual retreats help us to return to the very same situations, the same set of circumstances, the same roles, responsibilities and relationships that we left behind with new eyes to see and new mind to think as a result of having experienced and undergone an interior conversion through the work of the Holy Spirit with the transforming power of the Word of God (Ps. 19:7). The retreats at the Centre help people to dispel the murkiness of discontent by looking honestly at themselves in relation to God. It is scientifically and empirically inexplicable, but in faith comprehensible, that hundreds of people who frequent the Centre experience spiritual and physical healing (Matt. 9:35). Indeed it is the work of God. Let us praise Him for His marvelous blessings and healing touch through His son Jesus Christ, our Saviour.

I pray that the ministry of the Word exercised by the Fathers of St. Paul Province bear fruit in abundance, enabling people to experience the rejuvenating and transforming power of the Word of God in peace and joy. I wish Fr. Biju Thoompunkal and his team all the best in their ministry of proclaiming the Good News. "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!" (Rom. 10:15). My fervent prayers and fraternal support are always with them.