February 2 - 6, 2015: Fr. Franklin D’Souza from CBCI Delhi preached a four days retreat to the priests of Marthandam Diocese at Benziger Memorial Spirituality centre at Trivandrum. Bishop Vincent Mar Paulos welcome Fr. Franklin D’Souza. There were 44 priests who took active part in retreat.
Fr. Franklin preached on “Finally be strong in the Lord”(Ephesians 6:10-18), Deny yourself, Take up your Cross and follow Jesus (Mk 8:34-38) in which he shared his own testimony, Power of the Word of God (Luke 5:1-11) where he dealt with call, fall and rise of Simon, Power in Praising God (Acts 16:25-31), Jesus the healer (John 5:1-14), Forgiveness bring healing (Mathew 18:21-35), Forgiveness and Eucharist (Mathew 5:23-25), Repentance brings healing(Luke 15:1-10), When sin enters holiness exists (Rom 1:18-32), Holy Spirit and our holiness (John 4: 1 -10), Mother Mary and her role in salvation history (Luke 1:26-36).
On the third day Sacrament of reconciliation was organised. Every day started with Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist. Fr. Franklin gave reflections during the mass. Midday prayer and evening adoration and evening prayer were part of the retreat.
Fr. Franklin showed some heart touching testimonies which inspired the participants. Bishop Vincent Mar Paulos thanked Fr. Franklin D’Souza for preaching a meaningful retreat. He said that Fr. Franklin D’Souza connected well pastoral life, mission of the Church and Scripture.