About VRC Thika
Vincentian Retreat Centre, Thika, Kenya is a part of the renewal movement for world evangelization based on the spiritual traditions bequeathed by St. Vincent De Paul. It is a Christian place of worship where the children of God experience the outpouring of God’s love, mercy and goodness.
The sick and the suffering, broken-hearted and depressed, the poor and the needy who come to this God-chosen place continue to witness the divine intervention in their lives through wondrous miracles in the form of conversion of personal lives, renewal of families, healing from sicknesses, deliverance from addictions and evils and a total transformation of the society by leading lives of Gospel values.
A Short History of VRC, Thika
Vincentian ministries are conducted by priests of the Sacred Heart Region of the Vincentian Congregation. The Vincentian Congregation is a clerical society of the Catholic Church. The Congregation draws its spirit and distinctive character from the life and works of St. Vincent de Paul who is chosen as the Father and Patron of the Congregation.
The Congregation has taken as its motto, “He has sent me to proclaim the Good News to the poor” (Luke 4:18).
The Congregation was started in India in 1904 by Rev. Fr.Varkey Kattarath, a zealous and holy priest. The Vincentian Congregation was raised to the status of ‘pontifical right’ on 11 February 1968. The two main aims of the Vincentian Congregation are: (1) Preaching the Good News to the poor, (2) Caring for the poor and afflicted. Now, the Vincentian Congregation has spread almost all over India and abroad in three Provinces and three Dependent Regions. There are about 519 priests and 400 seminarians in the congregation.