Anton Ranjith Pillainayagam

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Anton Ranjith Pillainayagam
Auxiliary Bishop of Colombo
ArchdioceseArchdiocese of Colombo
SeeTitular Bishop of Materiana
AppointedJuly 13, 2020
OrdinationSeptember 16, 2000
Consecrationby Malcolm Ranjith
Personal details
BornSeptember 23, 1966
NationalitySri Lankan
DenominationRoman Catholicism
ResidenceArchbishop's House Colombo
ProfessionCatholic Priest
EducationSt. Francis Xavier Major Seminary, Jaffna
National Seminary, Kandy

Anton Ranjith Pillainayagam, also known as Anton Ranjith, was born on September 23, 1966, in Jaffna. As of July 13, 2020, he is serving as the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Colombo. He has also been serving as the director of Tamil Theologate since 2009 and as the Rector of St. Sebastian's College, Moratuwa since 2019.[1]


He pursued his primary and secondary education at St. Benedict's College, Colombo in 1973 in Colombo and at St. Patrick's College from 1974 onwards. He studied philosophy at the St. Francis Xavier Major Seminary in Jaffna and studied theology at the National Seminary of Kandy. He obtained his bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Jaffna. He also received his master's degree in education from the University of Middlesex and Master's degree in philosophy from the University of Jaffna.[2]

He was ordained a priest on September 16, 2000, in the Cathedral of St. Lucia, Colombo.[3] On July 13, 2020, he was appointed the new Auxiliary Bishop in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Colombo by Pope Francis.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ "Rinunce e nomine". Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  2. ^ "Sri Lanka : Pope appoints Father Anton Ranjith Pillainayagam as new Auxiliary Bishop in Sri Lanka". Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  3. ^ "Father Anton Ranjith Pillainayagam [Catholic-Hierarchy]". Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  4. ^ "Resignations and Appointments". Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  5. ^ "Pope appoints new Auxiliary Bishop in Sri Lanka - Vatican News". 2020-07-13. Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  6. ^ "Pope appoints new Auxiliary Bishop in Sri Lanka". Retrieved 2020-07-13.