ORDINATION OF Msgr. Fidelis Emmanuel Fernando (Bishop Elect)
Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on January 27 2012 11:42:41
His Eminence Malcolm cardinal Ranjith together with the Presbyterium of the Archdiocese of Colombo cordially invite the Old Boys’ Union of St. Benedict’s College and its affiliated bodies for the Episcopal Ordination of Msgr. Fidelis Emmanuel Fernando & Msgr. Maxwell Granville Silva (Bishops Elect) on Saturday, 11th February 2012 at 9 a.m. at St. Lucia’s Cathedral, Kotahena.

It would be fitting that we Old Bens attend this very important event in the Archdiocese of Colombo.


Bishop-elect Fidelis Emmanuel was born on 20th May 1948 in Jaffna, but grew up in Colombo. After completing his studies at St. Benedict's College and in Saint Aloysius' Minor Seminary, Colombo, he entered the National Seminary, Ampitiya (Kandy), where he studied Philosophy. He did his theological studies at the Pontifical (Ubaniana University, in Rome, obtaining a Masters Degree in Moral Theology, and received his Priestly ordination in the Vatican, from Pope Paul VI, on 6th January ),1973. After some years of pastoral ministry, he went to the U.S.A. for post-graduate studies and obtained a Doctorate in Theology from the Catholic University of Washington, D.C. The Bishop-elect has held the post of Professor of Theology and also of Rector at the National Seminary, and was Dean of the Moratuwa Area and Episcopal Vicar for the South in the Archdiocese of Colombo. He is presently the Episcopal Vicar for the Tamil Apostolate in the Archdiocese.