Frequently Asked Questions
The Vincentian Retreats begin with the joyous proclamation of the forgiveness and
salvation of the Heavenly Father, who “so loved the world that He gave his only
Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (Jn
3:16). Salvation in Jesus is experienced through a radical turning away from sin
and turning to God in repentance. This offer of salvation was the first message
preached by Jesus Christ as well. “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand”
In the Sacrament of Confession, the retreatants are convicted of their sin by the
Holy Spirit (Jn 16:8), their sins forgiven by the Holy Spirit (Jn 16:8), in the
power of the same Holy Spirit through the ministry of the Church (Jn 20:22-23),
and given a share in the victory of Jesus over sin (Jn 16:11).
From the resulting radical conversion, people are led to total self-surrender,
that results in an intimate union with Jesus in the Holy Spirit, as experienced
in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. “He who eats my flesh and drinks my
blood abides in me, and I in him” (Jn 6:56). In this intimacy, the love of God
is “poured into their hearts through the Holy Spirit” (Rom 5:5). The
heart-melting under this overwhelming outpouring of love opens, in turn, to love
and forgive everyone.
This intense experience of love heals all wounds and soothes all the strains in
family relationships. The bond of marriage is renewed as a sacrament of grace is
incorporated into the spousal relationship between Christ and His Church.
The charism of healing is exercised in the context of the Sacrament of the
Anointing of the Sick. Healing is understood not in the narrow sense of bodily
well-being, but as the love of God flowing into the brokenness of man to make
him whole. The leadership is given by the priests in preaching and the exercise
of the sacraments manifests the importance of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. All
the charisms of the lay leaders such as counselling, preaching, service and so
on, are harmoniously blended and channelised through the sacramental authority
of the priests.
The Retreat ends with the renewal of the sacramental vows of baptism and a fresh
anointing of the Holy Spirit as experienced in the Sacrament of Confirmation.
This all-transforming experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the
fulfilment of the promise of Jesus. “But you shall receive power when the Holy
Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses…to the ends of the
earth” (Acts 1:8). This empowering of the Holy Spirit is accepted as a special
grace, to withstand the temptations of the evil one and to defend and spread the
faith by word and action confessing Jesus Christ as the only saviour of mankind.
The grace of these seven sacraments instituted by Christ as signs of salvation
and entrusted to the Church is experienced afresh by the power of the Holy
Spirit, for the renewal of Christian commitment.
The answer to this question is both affirmative and
negative. Like all renewal
movements in the Church, the Vincentian Preaching ministry is also charismatic.
“Send forth your spirit… and the face of the earth shall be renewed” (Ps.104:30)
is the prayer of the Psalmist. It is the Spirit of God that inspired St. Vincent
to start the Vincentian Renewal Movement in Paris. The saint emphasizes that the
Vincentian Renewal Movement seeks to be filled and led by the Holy Spirit.
However, the Vincentian Preaching ministry is not Charismatic in the sense that
it is not part of the Charismatic Movement which was started in the United
States and later took on an official outfit in India under the direction of the
National Service Team in the year 1977. The Potta-Divine retreat movement
flourished with the blessings and encouragement of the bishops, and under the
direction of the authorities of the Vincentian Congregation, independently of
the National Service Team. Though this preaching ministry has been highly
enriched in its methodology by the Charismatic Movement, it has remained
radically Vincentian in nature and structure. Spiritual renewal of the faithful,
in the framework of Sacramental spirituality, will continue to be our mission in
the future. “Evangelisation of the Poor” is understood by the Vincentian
Congregation not only as the spiritual renewal of the people by the preaching of
the Word of God, but also as a commitment to work for the human and Christian
advancement of the marginalised in the society. The concluding words of Jesus in
the parable of the Good Samaritan rings in the ears of every Vincentian, “Go and
do likewise” (Lk10:37). Sharing, caring and daring to love the suffering is not
a mere gesture of generosity, but an obligation for anyone who is renewed in the
experience of the love of God. We are well aware that our preaching ministry
becomes complete and authentic in our radical option for the poor. The words of
Jesus are a command to us: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the
least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt.25:40). The early Church began
as a preaching fellowship but developed as a community of love, where everyone
shared everything with each other and there was no one in need (cf.
The Retreat is a Catholic Retreat Centre; However, all other denominations and
faiths are most welcome to the Vincentian Retreat Centre
Retreats: Are non-residential, and last for 4 days (Daily 10am to 6.30pm) (Begins
on Wednesday 10am and ends on Saturday 6pm)Saturday Conventions: One-day events
from 10 am till 6pm
Outreach: Where one-day services are held in various parts of the Uganda. Keep
an eye out to see if the Vincentian Priests and the Team to a parish near you!
Silence is to be kept during the retreat.
Cell phones and electronic gadgets must be switched off from the beginning to the
end of the retreat.
Punctuality and complete participation are necessary.
Obedience, co-operation and mutual respect are expected from retreatants.
Yes. You can buy the Bible, prayer books, rosary, CDs, notebooks, pens, religious
articles from our bookshop.