Vailankanni, which is hailed as the Lourdes of the East, is the most famous Marian Shrine in India and in Asia. It attracts millions of devotees throughout the year and enjoys an international repute. The inflow of the pilgrims to the Shrine is believed to have begun sometime in the 16th century when Our lady performed three miracles in the vicinity of the present Basilica.
People of all castes and creeds throng the Shrine and the Museum of offerings bears ample testimony to the many favours and graces they have received through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of Health. Regular masses are offered daily in many languages including Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, and Hindi, for the benefit of the pilgrims.
Since devotees come to Vailankanni mainly to pray, it was felt that a Retreat House must be constructed at the Shrine to offer a conducive atmosphere to spend days in prayer and meditation. Accordingly, the present Shrine Retreat House was built and inaugurated by His Eminence Simon Cardinal Lourdusamy in the presence of all the Bishops of Tamilnadu in 1995.
Ever since, the Retreat House has become a much sought after place for individual and groups of priests, brothers and sisters to make their personal and organized retreats. Some dioceses and many Congregations of Sisters conduct their retreats here regularly. All of them have expressed their satisfaction about the quite and prayerful atmosphere prevailing here and about the decent meals and accommodation.
Many Charismatic retreats are organized here which are conducted by various Charismatic centres from Tamilnadu and Kerala. Due publicity is given in the periodicals and as a result, the Retreat House is full when such retreats are conducted.
The House consist of a spacious Conference Hall, a beautiful Chapel as well as a small private Chapel. It has 75 self-contained rooms and four Dormitories along with a big Dining Hall. About 250 people can easily be accommodated here at a time.
Since vailankanni is on the ECR Road and is linked to every corner of the country by road and train, the pilgrims find it easy to travel to the Shrine Retreat House and spend days in prayer and meditation here.
You may rest assured that the Shrine Retreat House will help you to find spiritual satisfaction and fulfillment. We welcome you to go over to our Retreat House and be spiritually enlivened and invigourated.
For mor details, please contact
The Shrine Retreat House
Nagappattinam Dt., TAMILNADU
Phone : 04365 263444.