HLI India Preaches the Catechism

Catechism of the Catholic Church

There is a lack of moral clarity and at times even gross ignorance among members of the Catholic Church today.  Human Life International’s (HLI) affiliate in Goa, India has just held its 55th Catechetical Retreat, in an ongoing attempt to educate the faithful. Started twenty years ago, with just eleven attendees, this is one of just a few pro-life groups preaching the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

These events now take place two to three times a year and is preached in different retreat centers. The last one numbered 90 persons and was held at a facility run by the Pallottine Fathers in Goa. The age range is broad; since the sessions are baby-friendly, ages run the gamut from young children to adults over fifty. A full third are young, unmarried teens.

HLI India Preaches the Catechism

60-year-old Glorious, father of four, stated, “I have been to several retreat centers in India but have not come across such teaching anywhere.”

Pro-Life Emphasis

One thing that makes HLI Goa’s retreats special is experience garnered from twenty years of hosting retreats. But even more: HLI Goa has attended ASPAC, HLI’s Asian international pro-life regional conference, and has constant input from HLI and exposure to Catholic websites such as LifeSite News.

46-year-old Beenu John, member of HLI Goa, commented afterwards, “This was the best of the last eight retreats I have attended. We should have special retreats for youth and one for pro-lifers!

Forty Hour, Five Day Retreat

After rising for morning mass at 6am, there are prayers. Then the participants have breakfast, followed by talks till lunchtime. After lunch is a relaxing sing-song session, then more instruction till 6pm. After dinner, another lecture follows at 7pm and a Holy Hour at 9pm. Inner healing comes for those participating with faith, hope and reverence. As one Capuchin priest put it, “I have never heard such Confessions before!”  Those who lost their way receive a sense of healing and conviction that God is a fountain of mercy and forgiveness.

Liberata, who is a 35-year-old mother of two sons, said, “I have received such healing from my sinful life. I want to live my life differently. I want more children.

Healing Marriages

Praying at the retreat

Being open to life is a key to the Sacrament of marriage. Couples who attend learn to understand the Church’s teachings.

Abdon, a 54-year-old father of four said, “We have heard nothing like this from the diocesan pre-marital courses.” Small wonder that many marriages are floundering without a proper foundation!

Over twenty years of HLI Goa retreats, many marriages have improved and some even saved from dissolution.

I never realized what my husband was missing in our marriage,” said Luena. She is 33  and the mother of one. “The first thing I will do on reaching home is beg for forgiveness from my husband; I want to be the best wife and mother. Thank you for opening my eyes. I want to have more children.”

Feed My Sheep

It is estimated that over the years roughly 3,000 persons have benefited from these retreats.  Many become daily communicants.

One parish catechist commented, “This is the first time in my life I have understood the Catholic Catechism. I feel bad that our Sunday school students didn’t get anything from us. When we didn’t know ourselves, how could we pass the knowledge on to others?

Biju, a young man of 28, said, “I am deeply touched by what I heard. And I’ll make sure to attend all pro-life retreats hereafter.”

As Pope Benedict XVI once stated, “We must do what we can to allow the light of the faith to shine forth, so that it may be evident that there is a doctrine, there is a faith….”

HLI affilate representative Milagres Pereira, who also gives some of the retreat talks, contributed to this report.


Sing-song break to the music of Artists for Life

Sing-song break to the music of Artists for Life

About Deborah M. Piroch

Deborah M. Piroch graduated from Mount Holyoke College, the nation’s oldest women’s college, with a double major in German and English Literature. She studied abroad and earned her M.A. in English Literature from Indiana University. Fluent in German, she began her career in international journalism working for Radio Deutsche Welle in Cologne, Germany. Returning to the States after a three-year contract, she worked as arts reporter and producer on prime time shows for WQED-FM in Pittsburgh, then a top 20 market. After another three years, she was hired by EWTN Global Catholic Network as news director, anchor and writer for “Catholic World Today,” but soon transitioned into television. Highlights of her 15 years at EWTN include co-anchoring the U.S. March for Life with Marcus Grodi on more than one occasion, live translating the election of Pope Benedict XVI into German, interviewing two former U.S. Presidential candidates and producing Father Benedict Groeschel’s prime time program from its inception for six years. Named the Network’s first International Production Coordinator, she also proposed, budgeted and executed TV shoots in Scotland, England, Norway, Sweden and Germany. Most recently she served as Director of PR for Human Life International.


  1. Bobby DMello on September 24, 2017 at 11:50 PM

    we need more n more such activities for renewal of catholic faith
    keep it up
    Gods Glory !

  2. Milagres on November 10, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Thanks Bobby.
    The 56th retreat starts Sunday 12th November
    Please keep in your precious prayers

  3. Godson joseph on November 19, 2017 at 12:25 PM

    It was awesome all prolifers

  4. Milagres on February 24, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    58th Pro-life Retreat is scheduled from 27th February – 3rd March 2018. Seeking your prayers please.

  5. Seira Miranda on March 16, 2018 at 1:34 AM

    One of the best and unique retreats i have ever attended in my life.
    Gave a new direction for my life. Feel blessed. God bless

  6. Imre TEGLASY on May 17, 2018 at 5:53 AM

    Dear Friend,
    could you send me the photo you have taken of us in Zagreb?
    Thank you so much!
    In Domino et Domina, Imre (HLI-Hungary)

  7. Milagres on June 27, 2018 at 10:24 PM

    Imre thank you for your offer I hope I can see you n Budapest

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