Obituary – Mrs. Philomena Salgado (Loving mother of Old Bens Sunimal and Shehan)

From: Eric Motha To:
Sent: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 10:38 PM
Subject: Fw: Obituary – Mrs. Philomena Salgado (Loving mother of Old Bens Sunimal and Shehan)

Shehan has been a founder member of our OBA and Auditor for several years right up to the present.

He is a committed member and always willing to traverse the extra mile.


—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Darrel Ludowyke
Sent: Monday, January 8, 2018 8:56 PM
Subject: Obituary – Mrs. Philomena Salgado (Loving mother of Old Bens Sunimal and Shehan)

Dear Friends,

Sad to inform the passing away of Mrs. Philomena Salgado. (Dearly beloved mother of Old Bens Sunimal and Shehan)

Sunimal was a longstanding member of the Development Fund of St. Benedict’s College and held the positions of Secretary and Treasurer at different times. He also headed the Fundraising committee for the Luke Memorial Building.

Remains of late Mrs. Philomena Salgado lie at residence No: 168/6, Nawala Road, Nugegoda.

Cortege leaves residence at 3.45 PM on 10th January 2018 (Tomorrow) for burial (4.30 PM) at General Cemetery, (RC Section) Borella.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace, Amen.
Kindly circulate this sad news among the Benedictine fraternity.



Old Bens 2017 Golf Champions

From: Eric Motha
Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 10:55 PM
Subject: Old Bens 2017 Golf Champions


36 golfers (ranging in age from teens to late 70’s) teed off for the Challenge trophy at Country Meadows Golf Club,Richmond,BC.It was a coming together of different generations imbued by the spirit of SPORTS displaying great camaraderie in the midst of competition.

The winning foursome comprised: Manoj Perera,Namal Hettiarachchi,Ranjit Canagaratnam and Ari Herath

A brief synopsis of the team (l to r) Manoj,Namal,Ranjit & Ari:

MANOJ PERERA: Alumnus of St.Sylvester’s College, Kandy

Captained the First X1 Cricket team in 1983/84 with many good scores to his credit and ably leading the side.

Won the awards for best Captain among schools in the Central Province and best fielder(outstation schools) in the popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest.

Played for Kandy District Cricket Assn. Colts X1 – scored a scintillating 102 in the fixture against a team from UK comprising a County player and a few from minor counties.

Member of the Central Province cricket team captained by Ranjan Madugalle which participated in the prestigious President’s trophy.Played for Kandy CC in the premier’ Sara’ trophy tournament on leaving College.

Played for Brockton Point CC & North Shore CC from ’96 to ’04 in the premier division-captained teh teams in ’96 & ’01 respectively and also winner of the Best Batsman award in 2000.

Captained the Sri Lankan team to the Championship podium in the annual 6-a side cricket tournament played at Brockton Oval,Vancouver.

NAMAL HETTIARACHCHI: Alumnus of St.Sylvester’s College, Kandy

Captained the College cricket team in 1985/86 and had a prolific record as an all round sportsman and later on in club cricket representing Kandy Youth CC with distinction.He was the anchor of his school’s X! with several good scores and mesmerizing the opponents with his wily off spinners.Namal proved his role as Captain with astute leadership and was rewarded with Colours and the coveted College Crown in recognition of of his prowess on and off the field.

Captained the College soccer team in 1986 and proved his mettle as a powerful striker and able leader.The Sylvestrians under his leadership were a force to be reckoned with in the country’s schools circuit and proved ‘giant killers’ vanquishing more fancied teams in the run up to the Championship mantle.

Member of the Kandy Youth CC who won the inter club limited overs cricket tournament defeating Old Anthonians in the finals.In a game versus Commercial Bank he scored 118 and won the award for the Best batsman.In the fixture against the visiting team from UK Manoj(102) and Namal(81) treated the spectators to exhilarating displays with the willow.

RANJIT CANAGARATNAM: Alumnus of Hindu College (Colombo) and GIS British High School (Malaysia)

Member of the athletics team of GIS.

Played for Selangor State that won the Malaysian U-20 State cricket tournament in 1978 whilst as a student at GIS .

Member of the Simon Fraser University cricket team-also won the British Columbia Summer Games Gold in 1986.

Played for Hatton National Bank in the Mercantile Cricket tournaments(82 to 84) and Club cricket in BC.

Winner of the Doubles event at the inaugural Tennis tourney organized by Old Trintians in 2010

ARI HERATH: alumnus of St.Anne’s College, Kurunegala

Represented his school in inter-collegiate matches in the Province and beyond.

Played for cricket teams in BC with much success

“The Old Bens Scribe”


Obituary – Old Benedictine Robert Joseph (Choral Music Director, former trainer of the College Primary Choir)

Golden Jubilee Saints Quadrangular Tourney 2017

From: Darrel Ludowyke
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 8:31 AM
Subject: Clean sweep for Old Peterites at the Golden Jubilee Saints Quadrangular Tourney 2017

The Golden Jubilee Saints Quadrangular Tournament hosted by St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota and worked off in Kandy during the weekend (26th & 27th August), saw Old Peterites winning all the events (Cricket, Basketball and Rugby).

Rugby – Old Peterites stamped their class, winning the sevens tournament beating the host 40/07 at Nittawela.

Cricket – (Over 40’s) Antonians fell short by 12 runs against the Peterites in the finals played at Asgiriya.

Cricket – (Under 40’s) Old Peterites overcame their traditional rivals Old Joes by 31 runs in the finals played at Katugastota.

Basketball – Old Peterites continued their supremacy in the tournament winning the basketball event outshining Old Josephians by 71/48.

The Josephians lead the series tally with 16 wins in the main cricket tournament while the Antonians lead the series tally in the over 40’s with seven wins. The Benedictines have dominated the basketball with 10 wins in 12 editions whiles the Peterites have won the rugby tournament thrice in four competitions.

Former Benedictine Cricket Captain, Joe Savarimuttupulle graced the occasion as Chief Guest whiles Rev. Fr. Henry Wijeratne – Principal St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota was present as guest of honor.

Among the other dignitaries present were, Premalal de Silva – Antonian Cricket Captain in 1973, Rev. Fr. Eugine Silva, Rev. Fr. Niranjan Wijeratne, (all from St. Anthony’s College , Katugastota), Wilhelm Brown, President SACK OBA – Colombo Branch, Malsiri Perera President OBSC, Preethiraj de Silva, President OJSC & Asela Lihinikaduwa, President POBU. Ranjit Peiris, President and Srilal de Silva Treasure (both from Saints Quad. Main Board)

​Main Quad : (50 overs a side)

​1st Semi Final – (reduced to 40 overs a side) : Old Josephians beat Old Antonians by 05 wickets.
Old Antonians – 144 in 34.3 overs & Old Joes 147 for 5 in 35.3 overs.

​2nd Semi Final – Old Peterites beat Old Bens by 08 wickets.
Old Bens – 231/8 in 50 Overs & Old Peterites – 232/2 in 20.1 overs.

​Final – (reduced to 40 overs a side ) : Old Peterites beat Old Josephians by 31 runs.
​Old Peterites : 252 in 39.4 overs and ​Old Josephians : 221 in 37.5 overs

Old Peterites beat Old Joes 71/48 in the Final played at Gateway College Courts, Kandy

Sesquicentennial Magazine

From: Eric Motha
Sent: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 11:00 AM
Subject: Fw: Sesquicentennial Magazine

Dear member,

The email from the Editor of the mega magazine Andrew Samuel is self explanatory-having been in touch with Andrew as a member of the Editorial Board I commend him for his perseverance in coming out with the Magazine despite many ‘hiccups’ on the way due to the apathy of some in meeting his deadlines.



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