Roman Catholic Diocese of Trincomalee

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Diocese of Trincomalee-Batticaloa
Dioecesis Trincomaliensis-Batticaloaensis
திருகோணமலை மட்டக்களப்பு மறைமாவட்டத்தின்
Country Sri Lanka
Ecclesiastical province Colombo
Metropolitan Colombo
Area 8,397 km2 (3,242 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
78,518 (4.9%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 25 August 1893
Cathedral St. Mary’s Cathedral, Trincomalee
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Kingsley Swampillai
Metropolitan Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith
Auxiliary Bishops Joseph Ponniah

The Diocese of Trincomalee (Latin: Dioecesis Trincomaliensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese for eastern Sri Lanka. The current bishop is Joseph Kingsley Swampillai.


The Diocese of Trincomalee was created on 25 August 1893 from parts of the Archdiocese of Colombo and the Diocese of Jaffna.[1] The diocese was renamed Diocese of Trincomalee–Batticaloa on 23 October 1967.[1] On 19 December 1975 parts of the diocese were transferred to newly created Apostolic Prefecture of Anuradhapura.[1] The diocese was renamed Diocese of Trincomalee on 3 July 2012 after parts of the diocese were transferred to newly created Diocese of Batticaloa.[1]


# Bishop Took office Left office
1st Charles Lavigne 1898 1913
2nd Gaston Robichez 1917 1946
3rd Ignatius Philip Trigueros Glennie 1947 1974
4th Leo Rajendram Antony 1974 1983
5th Kingsley Swampillai 1983