Bens emerge Champions in Western province Athletic Meet
|St. Benedict's College continue their dominance in Athletics by winning the Western province meet 2017 , held at the Mahinda Rajapakse stadium , Diyagama from 19- 22nd June .|
With a tally of 200 points, Bens beat 2016 All Islands School Champions Mari Stella by pushing them to second place (163 points) and Lyceum Wattala With 93 points to third place.
In addition to the overall Championship Bens also won the relay championship .
Bens star Athlete Dilan Bogoda won 400 meters under 18, and came second in 400 meters hurdles , he anchored the 4x400 meters relay team to win the Gold medal and also member of the winning 4x100 meters relay team .
Yohan Silva won 100, 200 meters sprint (under 18 ) in style . Tiran Mahara won the 800 meters , Prageeth won under 20 Javalin .
Bens won under 12, 16,18,20 - 4x100 Meters relays and under 18, 20 - 4x400 Meters relays .
Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to the College authorities, Athletic Wing, sponsors and parents for their generous support.
Bens will now be focused to win the Sir John Tarbert Senior Championship and All Island School Championship 2017.
Wish them good luck!!
Obituary – Rev. Bro. Emmanuel Nicholas - De La Salle Brother (Old Benedictine)
Sad to inform the passing away of Old Benedictine, Rev. Bro. Emmanuel Nicholas - De La Salle Brother (Was called to his eternal reward last evening, 14th June 2017)
Late Bro. Emmanuel was the former Provincial Visitor (1988-1991) and Founder Chairman of Lasallian Community Educational Services (LCES), He was a Brother for 60 years. He served as a missionary in Pakistan for about 20 years and returned to Sri Lanka in 1980 to serve as a Brothers' formator, Brother Auxiliary Visitor and Brother Visitor. LCES was his brain child, through which he served the poorer communities in Colombo 15.
Late Bro. Emmanuel also served as the Sub-Director of St. Benedict’s College, ( 2010 to 2011) under the Directorship of Rev. Bro. Granville Perera, subsequent to being appointed as Director, Institute of Spiritual Formation of Asia at Mutwal.
Funeral will take place at Madampitiya cemetery on Friday, 16th June 2017 after Holy Mass at 3.00 p.m. at St. Joseph's Novitiate Chapel in Mutwal.
15th June, Thursday:
01.30 p.m. Remains will be at LCES, 25 Temple Road, Mutwal.
06.00 p.m. To St. Joseph's Chapel, 130 De La Salle Street, Mutwal.
06.45 p.m. Thanksgiving Mass
16th June, Friday:
03.00 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Joseph's Chapel
Burial at Madampitiya Cemetery
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace,
113th Annual General Meeting of St. Benedict's College Old Boys' Union - Sunday 18th June 2017
|The Annual General Meeting of St. Benedict’s College Old Boys’ Union will be held on Sunday 18th June 2017 at the College premises, preceded by Holy Mass commencing 9.00 a.m. which will be presided over by His Lordship Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Fidelis Fernando(Auxiliary Bishop of Colombo and Past Benedictine) and concelebrated by Old Benedictine priests, Rev. Dr. Noel Dias and newly ordained Old Benedictine Rev. Fr. Rajitha Liyanage.|
All Members are cordially invited to rally together at this prestigious event of the Old Boys’ Union, as we celebrate 113 years of loyal and dedicated service to our Alma Mater.
The annual session will be followed by a fellowship lunch and get-together at the Old Bens Sports Club.
Kindly contact the following, for Lunch Reservations: (Buffet Lunch – Rs. 750/-)
Stephen Corera- 0777 348417, Peter De Croos– 0776 396060, Anton Leon – 0714 805287, Ashan Stanislaus - 0777 558244, Darrel Ludowyke – 0777 414567 or any Council Member.
BENEDICTINE CAR WASH - A Charity Project organized by the Board of Prefects
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.
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