Sacerdotal Ordination of fifteen Priests from the Archdiocese of Colombo
|“May you be always present to the spirit of the Lord which is in abundance to those who serve him”|
The Archdiocese of Colombo was blessed with fifteen newly ordained priests at the Sacerdotal Ordination that took place at St. Lucia’s Cathedral, Colombo on Saturday, April 29th. Holy mass was presided by the Archbishop of Colombo, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith.
Rev. Fr. Don Rajitha Liyanage - Another Priest from the Benedictine family, was amongst the fifteen priests ordained
A parish son of St. Mary’s Church, Nayakakanda, Rev. Fr. Don Rajitha Liyanage Is the son of Mr. Don Richard Liyanage and Mrs. Nimmi Geraldene Liyanage. Born on August 25, 1988, he was educated at St. Benedict’s College, Colombo, joined St. Aloysius Minor Seminary, Borella on January 19, 2003, and thereafter at the Intermediate Seminary, Kalutara in 2009.
In 2010, he joined St. Francis Xavier Seminary in Collumbuthurai, Jaffna, and in 2012, entered the National Seminary, Ampitiya, Kandy. Rev. Fr. Don Rajitha who was ordained a deacon on December 10, 2016 by His Lordship, Rt. Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Fernando, Auxiliary Bishop of Colombo, served as deacon at St. Sebastian’s Shrine, Kandana and before obtaining his diaconate he served at St. Mary’s Church, Grand Street, Negombo. He celebrated his first Holy Mass on Sunday, April 30 at St. Mary’s Church, Nayakakanda.
Pope Francis has called this vocation to the ordained ministry a “Treasure hidden in a field”, and the entire Christian Community too is called to care for this treasury of vocations and to promote and accompany them with affection.
On behalf of the entire Benedictine fraternity, we wish Rev. Fr. Don Rajitha Liyanage, good luck and God’s blessings in abundance in his new assignment, serving in the vineyard of the Almighty.
OBU Victoria, Dinner Dance 2017
The Saints Quadrangular – Sportsmanship at its best
|The Saints Quadrangular comprises of four leading Catholic schools of Sri Lanka, namely St. Anthony’s College Katugastota, established in 1854, St. Benedict’s College Kotahena, established in 1865, St. Joseph’s College Darley Road, established in 1896, and St. Peter’s College Bambalapitiya, established in 1927. These four schools were first nurtured by the French, Irish, and Italian Missionaries, Benedictine Monks and the De LaSalle Brothers who arrived in Ceylon at that time to propagate Catholicism and eventually setup these institutions that stand tall and proud in the annals of education and sports in our country.|
History tells us that the Quadrangular was mooted by the members of the Old Bens Sports Club. We are informed that the invitation was extended to many schools to participate, but it was St. Anthony’s, St Joseph’s and St. Peter’s that accepted the invitation. Since then it has grown in stature, competition, and friendship.
The Saints Quadrangular goes back to 50 years of friendship and camaraderie where each school takes turn in hosting the event by playing cricket, basketball, soccer and rugby between the present boys and old boys.
The four schools are known to have produced some of Sri Lanka’s best sporting talent, some of whom have gone on to perform at the national and international stage in the fields of cricket, rugby, soccer, basketball, and hockey. Here are four leading Catholic schools coming together in the spirit of sports to nurture talent to represent their respective alma maters and the country.
The “Quad” Athletics Meet
Athletics has always played a very important role in the history of the four schools and a great deal of prominence is given to nurture the sport and the track and field events. The four schools continue to make significant investments to athletics with coaches, techniques, nutrition, equipment, and scholarships for promising athletes. The Saints Athletics Quadrangular was revived after a lapse of almost 25 years by St. Peter’s College in 2015 during which year St Benedict’s College celebrated its sesquicentennial.
The four leading Saints schools together has a student force of 10,000 or more. Over 200 of their best athletes participated in the 2017 Saints Quadrangular on the 25th and 26th of February. The event was a spectacular show where the four leading schools, came together with the spirit of camaraderie to compete with one another at the St. Peter’s College grounds. The event was hosted by St. Benedict’s College with the active and energetic support of the management and leadership of the four schools and their old boys. Spirited and competitive athletes in the sprints, relay teams, jumping events and throwing events participated to show off their individual and team skills.
There were large numbers of old boys from the four schools cheering their athletes and participating in the old boy’s events. Rectors, Rev Fr Henry Bernard Wijetunge of St. Anthony’s College, Rev Fr Travis Gabriel of St Joseph’s College, Rev Fr Trevor Martin of St Peter’s College, and Rev Br Henry Dissanayake of St Benedict’s College graced the occasion. The Chief Guest of the event was Old Ben Luke De Silva, founder member of the Old Bens Alumni, New York, USA.
The highlight and the best performance of the meet, the Rev Br Alexander Cyrillus Memorial Challenge Trophy was awarded to Surinda Jayawickrama of St Joseph’s College for his U20, 100M sprint clocking 11.3sec.
The Mahesh Perera Challenge Trophy, Under 14 was awarded to St. Peter’s with 101 points followed by St Joseph’s with 89 points and St Benedict’s with 44 points.
The W.B Bogahalanda Memorial Challenge Trophy, Under 16 was awarded to St Benedict’s College with 122 points followed by St Joseph’s with 83 points and St Peter’s with 77 points.
The Hugh De Silva Challenge Trophy, Under 18 was awarded to St Benedict’s College with 172 points followed by St Peter’s with 81 points and St Anthony’s with 76 points.
The J. C. W Obeysekere Memorial Challenge Trophy, Under 20 was awarded to St Benedict’s College with 116 points followed by St Peter’s with 113 points and St Joseph’s College with 63 points.
The Dunstan Fernando Challenge Trophy for the overall relay champions was awarded to St Peter’s with 81 points followed by St Benedict’s College with 75 points and St Anthony’s and St Joseph’s with 48 points each.
The Rev Fr Joe De Mel Memorial Challenge Trophy for the overall champions of the meet went to St. Benedict’s College with 454 points. The Ranjith Weerasena runners up trophy was awarded to St Peter’s with 372 points and St Joseph’s College with 255 points.
The Quad is not only celebrated among present boys. Every year when the Quad is organized Old Boys too participate in several sports. This same gesture was extended to the athletics meet as well and we witnessed a very spirited Old Boys representation in some events. The Sergeant Commodore Samaranayake Memorial Trophy for the overall champions of the Old Boys events was won by St Peter’s College with 340 points and the Rev Fr Joe De Mel Memorial Challenge Trophy for the runners up was awarded to St Benedict’s College with 266 points and St Anthony’s College with 79 points.
The collective efforts of the four schools in organizing this event is commended. The schools thank the Sri Lanka Athletics Federation officials, St. John Ambulance Cadet Services of St Benedict’s College, sponsors and well-wishers, coaches, parents, and all participating athletes for a fabulous show. St Anthony’s College will host next year’s athletics meet in the cooler climes of Katugastota, Kandy.
Issuing of Grade 1 Application Forms for the year 2018 - on 11th & 18th March 2017
LASALLIAN TROPHY 2017 - ST. BENEDICT'S COLLEGE VS DE MAZENOD COLLEGE
Saints' Quadrangular Athletic Meet 2017'
|The joint organising committee of the Saints' Quadrangular Schools Cordially invites you all to the Annual Saints'Quadrangular Athletic Meet 2017 at St. Peter's College Grounds, Bambalapitiya on 25th and 26th February 2017 from 9.00 a.m. onwards. |
Chief Guests - Mr. luke De Silva (President, Bens Alumni Association, New York, USA) and Mrs. Rohini De Silva
Guest of Honour - Mr. Samal Dissanaike, Director - Supply Chain, ANSELL LANKA
The event is hosted by St. Benedict's College
Your presence at this meet will be a great encouragement to the young athletes of our four schools.
Camillus House Victorious at the Benedictine Inter – House Athletic Meet 2017
|The St. Benedict’s College annual Inter- House Athletic Meet was concluded at the College grounds on 27th January 2017, with Camillus House Winning the Rev. Bro. Alexander Cyrillus Challenge Shield donated by his devoted pupil Mr. Saman Upasena, for the Overall Championship with 421 points, Cassian House coming second with 357 points ,followed by Luke House and Claude House.|
The standard of Athletics was of a very high level, with the most outstanding performances coming from Shalika Santhush Weerasinghe , winning the Best Performance Award for Track Events-Senior, for his timing of 21.80 secs in the Under 17- 200 meters and Mahela Heshan Jayatissa for Field events, leaping a distance of 13.76 meters in the Under 20 -Triple Jump. Pramuditha Mihirange and Sudev Mithakshara were the best performers among the Under 15 Juniors’ for Track –-100 meters Hurdles and for Field- Long Jump, respectively. The Relay Championship was won by Camillus House with Luke House coming in second place.
The Champion Athletes in the Age Group Segments were : Under 12- Andrew Akesh Anthonyraj (Cassian House), Under 13- A.P. Adams (Camillus House) , Under 14 Hasitha Kaushalya (Claude House) ,Under -15- Pramuditha Weerasinghe (Claude House) , Under 16 (Joint)- Pasindu Madushan Senanayake (Claude House ) and Anuja Prabashwara (Cassian House), Under 17- Shalika Santhush Weerasinghe (Camillus House) ,Under 18- Sahan Thenuka Rajapaksha (Cassian House) and Under 20 – Shammi Lakshan (Luke House).
A part of the Grand Finale was the magnificent Gymnastic Display by the College Gymnastic Squad followed by the March past by students of the respective Houses, Cadets & Scouts, led by the College Western Band.
The Chief Guest, distinguished Old Benedictine Mr. Rohan Rodrigo, Chief Country Officer, Deutsche Bank, Sri Lanka, spoke with emotion about his school days from 1967 to 1981 and how the education he received at St. Benedict’s made it possible for him to reach the No. 1 position of a Global Bank in Sri Lanka. He congratulated Bro. Director Henry Dissanayake and the School Management for the phenomenal performances of the SBC Athletes in 2016 and wished the team all success in the future. Bro. Henry Dissanayake, mentioned that Mr. Rohan Rodrigo was a role model for young Bens.
Mr. Rodrigo and Mrs. Renuka Rodrigo gave away the main awards and Master Ravintha Perera, Head Prefect, delivered the Vote of Thanks. The meet ended with the singing of the National Anthem.
Investiture Ceremony of the Board of Prefects 2017
|Chief of staff Major General Channa Goonatilleke Visits his alma mater St. Benedict’s College.|
The Recently appointed Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army, Major General Channa Goonatilleke and Mrs. Goonatilleke were felicitated by the Staff, Students, Old Boys and Parents of St. Benedict’s College at a moving ceremony at the College Quadrangle on Thursday 19th January 2017.He also presided over the investiture ceremony of the board of prefects 2017 where the prefects took their oath and the prefects’ badges were pinned on them by the chief guest.
Rev. Bro. Henry Dissanayake, director St. Benedict’s College welcomed Major General Goonatilleke as a distinguished product of St. Benedict’s College. He stated the high positions he has held so far in the Sri Lanka Army and the honors bestowed on him for his laurels as an exemplary officer and held him as a role model for all young Benedictines to follow.
Mr. Kennedy Machado speaking on behalf of his classmates from the Kindergarten onwards, recalled the happy events together during their school days and the close association he still maintains with his childhood friends. He described Major General Goonatilleke as a brave Officer and a true Gentleman
who rose up the ranks through sheer dedication, commitment, hard work and strength of character. He wished him a great future in the service of the country.
Major general Goonatilleke started his address saying that his friend Kennedy left out the important part, that he was quite a “Cry baby” in school and that his teachers were surprised when he joined the Army. However 35 years’ service in the Sri Lanka Army, where he achieved many academic and military honors, with extensive training and education in several Asian and Western countries and his combat experience throughout his career has made him proud Benedictine today. His words of wisdom which were expressed with total conviction where he stressed the importance of Leadership and Team work, Knowledge, Empathy, Hard work and Sacrifice, Patience and Perseverance, Discipline. He held St. Benedict’s as a model for perfect harmony among a multi religious, multi ethnic and multi-cultural student population. The entire student body listened to his address in total silence and concentration indicating the deep meaning and value of his advice to the young generation.
Rev. Bro. Henry Dissanayake, director St. Benedict’s College and eminent Old Ben Felix Dias presented mementos to Major General Goonatilleke on behalf of the College and the Old Boys’ Union, respectively.
Master Ravintha Perera was appointed Head prefect 2017. Masters Aakash Rayen and Ranul Perera were appointed Deputy Head Prefects. The Outgoing Head Prefect thanked his Board members and assured their continued loyalty and support for their Alma Mater in the many years to come.
The New Head Prefect delivered the vote of thanks to conclude this memorable event with the singing of the national anthem.
Seated from Left to Right
Mas. Aakash Rayen, Tyronne Perera, Rev. Bro. Benedict Bonaventure,Rev. Bro. Niran Perera, Rev. Bro. Henry Dissanayake, Mas. Ravintha Perera, Major General H.C.P. Goonatilleke, Mrs. Goonatilleke, Rev.Bro. Christy Croos, Rev. Bro.Praveen Vaz, Mr.Titus Withanage, Mas.Ranul Perera.
First Row (Left to Right standing)
Mas. Winton Prince, Mas.Amrithan Manoharan, Mas. Yashwanth Ravindran, Mas. Araveen Gregory, Mas.Binoy Perera, Mas. Trishan Dilanka, Mas. Alvin Stehan, Mas. Deeshan Fernando, Mas. Anseelan Kawshigan, Mas. Ganindu Ganganath, Mas. Isuru De Silva, Mas. Nethum Weerasuiya, Mas. Shimal Benedict, Mas. Thomy Gavin, Mas. Roy Jerome, Mas. Janith Abeyratne, Mas. Daniel Lakshman.
Second Row ( Left to Right standing )
Mas. Dulaj Perera, Mas.Ravisha Dabare, Mas. Akila Nanayakkara, Mas. Krishnamoorthy Caucideeshan, Mas. Kulindu Fernando, Jason Adams, Mas. Nimsara Abishek, Mas. Kalindu Peiris, Mas. Shenal Sandeepa, Mas.Imesh Fernando, Mas. Naditha Basnayake, Mas. Chevaan Fernando, Mas. Ashane Silva, Mas.Yasas Mrtinus, Mas. Ashvin Rodrigo, Mas. Avishka Madushanka
Third Row (Left to Right standing)
Mas.Avishka Dananjaya, Mas. Bevan Augustine, Mas. Kaviesh Perera, Mas. Anton Philip, Mas. Mark Perera, Mas. Joshua Cledwyn, Mas. Dimitry Jayawardane, Mas.Deshaka Senevirathne, Mas.Prithvi Jegaraasingham, Mas.Dilshan Bandara, Mas.Sahan Thenuka, Mas. Akmal Afzal, Mas. Julius Gnanagar
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