80th Birthday of Rev. Fr. Christopher Kurera

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From: Franklyn
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 3:06 PM
Subject: 80th Birthday of Rev. Fr. Christopher Kurera
Hi,  an update on the Bens from my mate Victor in Dubai
From: Victor Fernando
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 10:23 PM
To: Franklyn Holsinger
Hi Franklyn,
Reference the mail you received from Ranjith, wish to provide some info. of the above event.
You may remember Rev.Bro.Leander. He was a Class Teacher, Boarding Prefect in the 60’s / 70’s.
I was informed that he was ordained a Christian Brother in 1956 and as a Catholic Priest in 1978, at whih myself, Vijaya Kumaranatunga and Susil Tissera and a host of Old Bens, specially from Negombo / Katana were present.
He celeberated his 80th Birthday on 27th January 2013. A Holy Mass was held at the Church of St.Francis Xavier, Gurugolla, Avissawella at 11.30 am followed with a Reception, being well attended by the entire Church Community, Members of the Parish Council, relatives and some Past stidents, namely,Ranjith Kodikara ( with his wife Pinky) Gerry Suraweera, Cyprian Wickremasinghe, Tilak Peries, Neil De Silva, Lawrence Gurusinghe, Joe Silva and Dr.Mervyn Joseph. ( you may spot them in the photos, but wonder whether any possibilites of identifying, as they have grown so young at Heart)
I co-ordinated the event from here (Dubai) and received a fantastic support from the guys mentioned above and though not present,from Nalake Fernando and Prema Cooray.I am sorry if I have missed out anybody else, please pardon me if so.
On Monday 28th Jnauary at 6.30 pm His Lordship the Bishop of Kegalle has attended the Thanks Giving Prayer Service and Benediction, attended by ther Priests of the Diocese and Christian Brothers. This ceremony has followed with a Dinner
In conclusion, I must mention that having spoken to Rev.Fr.CK, after both events, how happy he was. That’s exactly what we, all of us wanted.
Kind regards

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