A farewell message from the Director
My dear friends,
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”(Ecclesiastes 3: 1) Yes, this is a season to rejoice and be glad in the Lord for He has worked wonders in our life. It is a season for me to express my thanks and praise God for my life, service and ministry here at the Shrine for the past 11 years. My heart is full of gratitude for the many opportunities I received in serving the community and the people of God during these years. I am grateful to La Salette community for trusting in me and entrusting various responsibilities from retreat Center to the Shrine.
Although I was very apprehensive about retreat ministry in the beginning, I truly enjoyed organizing and conducting various retreats to youth, adults and religious. I am indeed grateful for the Master’s degree program that I finished at Boston College which gave me tremendous confidence, understanding and depth in pastoral ministry. I loved the ministry of spiritual direction and accompanying them in their spiritual journey. I have also loved preaching retreats in different parishes.
What a privilege it has been to get to know you more personally and share my life and ministry with you over the years! There has been lots of challenges especially engaging in a long legal battle with the City of Attleboro for tax abatement and finally sustaining the tax exemption privilege for La Salette Shrine. I give thanks to God for the many wonderful men and women in my community as well as the staff who supported, encouraged, and collaborated in all that transpired here at the Shrine. I realize that I am not called to be ‘successful but to be faithful’ in the words of St. Theresa of Calcutta. My apologies to those I may have offended in anyway. In the next chapter of my life, I am called to be a Pastor at St. Oliver Plunkett parish in Snellville, GA beginning May 30, 2017. I ask you to please keep me in your prayers as I take on this new ministry in a totally unfamiliar shore. Once again I offer my big Thank You to all! May Mary our Mother watch over us all.
-Fr. Cyriac Mattathilanickal
Director, La Salette Retreat Center
Inspired by Mary’s tears shed at La Salette in 1846, the La Salette Charism is reconciliation.
The La Salette retreat Center endeavors to help people in their search for God as individuals and groups, through retreats, recollections, various programs, youth retreats and spiritual direction.
We offer this place of retreat, rest and prayer, where people can be reconciled with God, others and self in a healing environment of peace, tranquility and prayer.