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John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.

Bishop's Letter


My dear Rev. Fathers, Sisters and Brothers

  • The month of October is the month of the Holy Rosary which is a beautiful prayer based on Holy Scripture. Let us encourage the Rosary during this month and remind the faithful of the importance of the Family Rosary. Mary is our Mother who leads us to Jesus. Her words in Cana “Do whatever he tells you” express the desire of the Blessed Mother to lead us to her loving Son, Jesus. It is the Marian devotion that we promote through the Holy Rosary.
  • The Mission Sunday falls during this month. It is a day to pray for the missionaries specially those witness to Christ under difficult circumstances. The collection of this day will be sent to the Universal Solidarity Fund by which the mission countries are helped including Sri Lanka. It is our duty to educate the faithful to contribute generously towards this collection.
  • The Year of Mercy is gradually coming to an end. It is good to evaluate the diocesan programme which was implemented at parish and diocesan levels. The diocesan coordinating team will meet on the 26th for an evaluation. I request you to make a similar evaluation on parish level.
  • His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith celebrated the Silver Jubilee of Episcopal Ordination last month. Our prayerful best wishes to His Eminence on this occasion.We assure His Eminence of our continuous prayers for a joyful mission for our Lord in the years ahead.
  • I wish to record with gratitude the services rendered by Rev. Fr. Elmo Dias as the Rector of the National Seminary. As he takes up a pastoral appointment in the archdiocese we assure you of our prayerful support.
  • We also congratulate the New Rector of National Seminary, Rev. Fr. Expeditus Jayakody as he takes up this responsibility to guide the destinies of the future priests of our country.
  • In consultation with the priests of the deanery I have appointed Rev. Fr. Maurice Anderson as the Dean of Puttalam deanery.
  • The ceremony to mark the diocesan inquiry regarding Hon. Helena was held last month in Gonawila. I wish to thank all the priests and religious for your participation in this ceremony which was well organized by the committee.
  • The diaconate will be held on the 08 October at St. Paul’s Seminary Chapel. Your prayers are requested for the 03 Brothers of our diocese who will be ordained deacons.
  • An expansion project in underway in St. Anne’s Nursing Home, Marawila. A new building will be put up in order to respond to the growing demand in Health Care provided by the Nursing Home.
  • It is with a deep sense of sadness that I mention the demise of beloved Fr. Shelton Wijethunga. His untimely death is a great loss for the diocese. May the Lord grant him eternal rest.

Asking the Lord to Bless you.
Yours devotedly in Christ,
+D. Valence Mendis,
Bishop of Chilaw




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