Oldest Catholic Schools In Colombo

From: Eric Motha
Sent: Monday, August 7, 2017 11:04 PM
Subject: Fw: Oldest Catholic Schools In Colombo

The mother of catholic education in Colombo, remedy the oldest catholic educational Institute in Colombo. St Benedict’s Holds the undisputed position of the trend setter in Catholic education and has contributed immensely towards the establishment and development of other catholic schools.

The College was inaugurated in 1865 by the Benedictine Monks. The school consisted of few classrooms and a small staff at first. In 1868, the De La Salle Brothers took over the administration of the College. Since then the school has been headed by many Brothers who belonged to the La Sallian Community.

Good Shepherd Convent was established over 100 years ago on Colombo’s highest point, like a light set on a towering hill.

It was the Benedictine Italian Archbishop of Colombo, Rt. Rev. Sillani, who initiated the first Catholic Convent, yet it drew upon the efforts of a French Saint Mother Euphrasia to plant the seed which has now become a mighty tree through whose portals thousands of girls have passed through.

On 15th April, 1869, Rev. Sr. Mary Anucita Marandi, Sr. Mary Suzanne Cardiff, Sr. Euphstie Joseph and Sr. Mary Sacred Heart Masi arrived in Sri Lanka consequent to a request made in 1867 by the then Bishop of Colombo, His Lordship Hilarion Sillani to Mother Mary of St. Euphrasia Pelletier (now St. Mary Euphrasia), to set up a school of the Good Shepherd order. The Rev. Sisters had been given a grand welcome which was followed by a Thanksgiving service.

St. Joseph’s College was functioned as a branch school of St. Benedict’s college, Kotahena from the time Brothers took its management fully in October 1905. Principal as well as other teaching Brothers of this school traveled daily from St. Benedict’s college until the residential community of Grandpass commenced in 1925. A Brother had always being the Principal of the school except for a short period in 1990’s.

Started as an English Medium school by the Bishop of Colombo at that time very Rev. Fr. Thamas Cardinal Cooray.

A school under the protection of the Kotahena conference of “St. Vincent de Paul” 1880 The parish priest of St.Lucias Cathedral had managed the School for poor children since 1880.

Bro.Alexander Basil together with the Parish priest Rev. Fr. J. Miliner O.M.I gave much prominence to the study of English and raised.

In 1892, the idea of a Catholic College emerges with the proposal of the Archbishop of Colombo Rt. Rev. Fr. Christophe-Étienne Bonjean.

On 6 January 1892, a pastoral letter was sent to all the priests espousing the desirability of building a Catholic Private College to cater to the Elite in Colombo. In April 1892, St. Joseph’s College was provided the support of other catholic institutions, notably the administration of St. Benedict’s College.

St. Bridget’s Convent, Colombo 07 is a leading Catholic girls school in Colombo. It was founded on February 1, 1902 by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd order, making it one of the earliest mission schools of the Roman Catholic Church of Ireland in Ceylon.

On 1 February 1902, at the request of Most Rev. Dr. T. A. Melizan O.M.I, Archbishop of Colombo, St. Bridget’s Convent was established as the second house of the Good Shepherd congregation for the education of young ladies. It was the third school in the Colombo area opened by the nuns.

Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya is a leading Catholic girls school in Bambalapitiya in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It was established in 1903, by nuns of the Holy Family Order of Bordeaux.It provides primary and secondary education. The first principal was Rev. Mother Agnes Stouter.

The Eight catholic school and the fourth Girls school established by the church.

De La Salle College, Colombo is the only school in Sri Lanka dedicated to the Patron Saint of Christian Teachers St. John Baptist de la Salle, founder of the congregation of De La Salle Brothers of the Christian Schools in Latin: “Fratres Scholarum Christianarum”

The tenth catholic school and the seventh Boys school established as St. Joseph ‘s College South to cater the growing demand in the area. The Founder Rector was an Old Benedictine Rev. Fr. Nicholas Perera who served for over 20 years.

OBA 21st AGM

From: Eric Motha
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2017 12:30 PM
Subject: OBA 21st AGM- THANK YOU

Dear member,

The 21st AGM was held in an atmosphere of friendly banter and camaraderie with an appreciable number of members and their spouses participating.

Office -bearers for 2017/18

President: Eric Motha

Vice President: Michael Ramanaden

Secretary: Desmond Anthonypillai

Treasurer: Peter Vethanayagam

Social Secretary: John A Fernando

Council: Ranjit De Vaz,Eugene Motha,Prabath Pullay & Ajith Seneviratne

Auditor: Shehan Salgadoe

Thanks to the magnanimous donation of a Senior member and few others,adding up to $150, I am pleased to report we were able to avert a deficit -probably the first time in years.

Upcoming events:

July 8-Door is Open Project 8-Eastside Vancouver.

July 23- 5th Annual Bens Golf Tournament-Country Meadows ,Richmond

October 7- An evening with Bens & Friends -Coquitlam

Eric

Obituary – Rev. Bro. Emmanuel Nicholas – De La Salle Brother (Old Benedictine)

From: Eric Motha
Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 10:51 PM
Subject: Obituary – Rev. Bro. Emmanuel Nicholas – De La Salle Brother (Old Benedictine)

Rev.Bro. Dr.Emmanuel Nicholas FSC and I were classmates from LKG to SSC at which stage he answered God’s call to serve as a De La Salle Brother.He was a younger sibling of late Dr.Roy Nicholas who died in the UK some years ago.

May he now rest in God’s Heavenly abode after serving the Lord in the La Sallian Vineyard for nearly 60 long years in various capacities.

Eric

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Darrel Ludowyke 
Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 8:09 PM
Subject: Re: Obituary – Rev. Bro. Emmanuel Nicholas – De La Salle Brother (Old Benedictine)

Dear Friends,
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.
Funeral Arrangements:
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,
Amen.
Kindly circulate.
Rgds,
Darrel

JULY BREEZE 2017 – Annual Picnic Social for vintage Old Bens

From: John NLC FERNANDO

Dear Ben,

​Here are the details of our Annual Outing to Meet, Greet and Renew Friendship among the Vintage Old Bens.

SUNDAY 23 July, 2017 11​.00​ am – 04.00 pm at Palm Village Hotel 

No: 262, Old Colombo Road, Uswetakeiyawa, Hendala, Wattala  (Tel: +94 11 7 828114)

You have a major role to play to make JB2017 a success. As the email address list is long I have sent in bcc.

​ * Encourage early purchase of JB2017 Tickets reasonably priced at Rs.2500 per person​. Pls contact Gamini Kannangara 0777 753 660 for you bulk ticket requirements.

​ * Pledge Donations to provide Financial Scholarships for needy Bens to attend JB2017; especially those overseas and unable to attend. Just 25A$/ C$/S$s, or 20 US$ will bring joy to an Old Ben friend. Pls deposit directly into the Sampath Bank Account. ​

* Volunteer to Sponsor key items as shown in the attached file to make JB2017 affordable to all. Thanks Tilak & Victor for your pledges.

Yours in Benedictinity,

John NLC Fernando
+65 9637 9269
+94 777 619 637

JB2017 Flyer v1.docx

JULY BREEZE 2017 Benedictinity Sponsorship V2.docx

JB2017 Enrollment-Pledge BenNameAge v1.xls

21st AGM

From: Eric Motha
Sent: Monday, June 12, 2017 10:22 PM
Subject: 21st AGM

The 21st Annual General Meeting of the OBA was held on Sunday June 10, 2017 at the ORCHARDS Community Hall, Surrey,BC.

We had an appreciable gathering of members and spouses who graced the occasion.The meeting was followed by Bens fellowship and dinner.The members of varying vintage spent the fleeting hours in camaraderie reminiscing of their student days and De La Salle Brothers & teachers who molded them to be what they are today.

The following were re-elected to hold office for 2017/2018

Patron: Rev.Bro.Director St.Benedict’s College,Colombo

President: Eric Motha

Vice President: Michael Ramanaden

Secretary: Desmond Anthonypillai

Treasurer: Peter Vethanayagam

Committee: Ranjit De Vaz, Eugene Motha, Prabath Pullay, John A Fernando & Ajith Seneviratne

Auditor: Shehan Salgadoe

Eric

Please click on link below for AGM pics.Photographer: Old Ben Rohan De Vaz.

https://goo.gl/photos/9GN8fAGzGKHQpzzV6

113th Annual General Meeting of St. Benedict’s College Old Boys’ Union – Sunday 18th June 2017

From: Darrel Ludowyke

Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 8:36 AM
Subject: 113th Annual General Meeting of St. Benedict’s College Old Boys’ Union – Sunday 18th June 2017

Dear Friends,
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.
Kindly circulate among the Benedictine fraternity.
Rgds,

Darrel

OBA-21st AGM Preliminary Notice

From: Eric Motha
Sent: Monday, May 1, 2017 11:04 AM
Subject: OBA-21st AGM Preliminary Notice

The AGM will be held on Sunday June 11,2017 at:

ORCHARDS, Community Hall, 16233 -82nd Avenue,Surrey,BC, commencing 7.00 pm.

The meeting will be followed by fellowship and dinner.

The turnout at the AGM during recent years has been very encouraging and it is hoped the momentum will be maintained this year too.

The formal notice, annual report and audited a/c’s will be mailed to all members in good time.

Thank you for coming on board.

Eric Motha