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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 diocese will be blessed with a gift of three new Priests during this month. The Ordination th Ceremony will be held on the 11 at St. Joseph’s Church, Wennappuwa. We need to keep the three Deacons in our prayers as they will enter into the Retreat prior to Ordination. I wish to invite you all for the Ordination.
  • The Year of St. Joseph Vaz in the diocese was ceremonially launched in Wennappuwa. The Priests of the Wennappuwa Deanery took the initiative to organize this event meaningfully. It was held in the magnificent Indoor Stadium which is coming up at St. Joseph Vaz College Wennappuwa. The Diocesan Plan for this year was also launched during this ceremony. My thanks to all the Priests and Religious for your participation.
  • With the dawn of this Year of St. Joseph Vaz a small Church dedicated to the Saint was blessed and opened at Pubudu Gama in Kadayamotte Parish. It is built in a plot of land donated by a Catholic in the area. It should be noted with gratitude that the Buddhist Monks in the area have immensely supported the building of the Church which is located by the main Chilaw – Puttalam road. Inter-religious harmony and co-operation was very much seen and appreciated by everyone who participated. My thanks to Fr. Peter Botheju for initiating this missionary task.
  • The Chilaw Branch of St. John Paul II English Medium College was opened last month. It will be a great boon to promote the Catholic Education in the diocese. So many of our children already a attend International Schools some of which are managed by the Fundamentalists. I wish to thank Fr. Neville Coogne for this valuable step taken for the good of the education in the diocese.
  • St. Sebastian’s Church, Katuneriya was raised to the status of a Shrine. It was examined whether the requirements worthy of a Shrine are present before this declaration was made. This ceremony was held to coincide with the Annual Feast of the Saint. I am thankful to Fr. Sunil Wijesinghe for taking this initiative and working towards it during the whole of last year.
  • The co-ordination between the Parish Priests and the Directors of the Diocesan Apostolates is crucial for the effective functioning of the missionary work. In view of promoting the efficiency two meetings were held in two batches between the Parish Priests and the Diocesan Directors. Agreater co-operation is expected in this regard particularly in this Year of St. Joseph Vaz.
  • The Golden Jubilee of St. Jude’s Church at Muthupanthiya in Rajakadaluwa Parish was held last month. As part of the Jubilee Year plan a programme of Spiritual Preparation was conducted by the Oblates Fathers and the Holy Family Sisters. My thanks to Fr. Sampath Prasanga Perera for organizing this event meaningfully.

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




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