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Divine Retreat House

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An interview with Verghese, a lay preacher at the Divine Retreat House.

An even larger charismatic center than the Renewal Retreat Centre is the Divine Retreat House in Kerala state. Listen to an interview with Verghese, a charismatic Catholic who is a lay preacher there.  According to Verghese, 10,000 people a week attend retreats that last from Sunday to Friday throughout the year. The center has a staff of 500. As he describes it, most of the leaders are men, though women are extensively involved in prayer ministry and food. Participants, on the other hand, are more likely to be women than men.