Oswald Gomis

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The Most Reverend

Dr. Oswald Gomis
Archbishop of Colombo (Emeritus)
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See Colombo
Installed 6 July 2002
Term ended 16 June 2009
Predecessor Nicholas Fernando
Successor Malcolm Ranjith
Other posts Auxiliary Bishop of Colombo (1968–1996)
Bishop of Anuradhapura (1996–2002)
Ordination 3 February 1958
Consecration 9 April 1968
Personal details
Born (1932-12-12) 12 December 1932 (age 84)
Kelaniya, Gampaha District
Nationality Sri Lanka Sri Lankan
Denomination Roman Catholic Church

Oswald Thomas Colman Gomis (Sinhala: ඔස්වල්ඩ් තෝමස් කොල්මන් ගෝමිස්) (born 12 December 1932) is the former Roman Catholic Archbishop of Colombo and he is the current Chancellor of the University of Colombo. Msgr. Gomis' previous post was as the Bishop of Anuradhapura having been appointed in 1996. He was also the Auxiliary Bishop of Colombo from 1968 to 1996. He formally relinquished office and retired on 5 August 2009.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born on 12 December 1932 in the Gampaha District of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, Gomis attended St. Joseph's College and St.Benedict's College Colombo13 and then entered the seminary in 1950. He was ordained priest on 3 February 1958. He was consecrated bishop on 17 July 1968. He has held several posts during his service in the Archdiocese, such as, Lecturer at St. Aloysius' Seminary, Colombo from 1958 to 1960, and Director cum Editor of the Catholic Press, Colombo from 1961 - 1968.[1]

Social work[edit]

Styles of
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Archbishop
Posthumous style none

In order to assist children from villages outside Colombo he has been instrumental in founding various branch schools in the outer districts affiliated with the main colleges in Colombo. He has been involved in various aid schemes for the poor; construction of houses for tsunami victims, relief and rehabilitation work, and a scholarship programme for children affected by the tsunami in 2004. He has also donated a health centre to his hometown of Kelaniya.[1]

Branch schools founded

  • St. Peter's College, Gampaha
  • St. Peter's College, Udugampola
  • Holy Cross College, Payagala
  • St. Joseph's College, Enderamulla
  • St. Joseph's College, Kadolkele
  • Loyola College, Bopitiya
  • Christ the King College, Weliweriya


On 6 July 2002, he was appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Colombo by Pope John Paul II. He was installed as the Archbishop on 27 July 2002. Following his earlier appointment as the Secretary General of the Asian Bishops' Conferences, he was reappointed in the same year. He was also appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as a Synodal Father on 8 September 2005, and has met with him on 2 May 2007 to discuss the civil war situation in Sri Lanka. He is also the 3rd Archbishop of Colombo that is Sri Lankan, as following the erection of the Diocese by Pope Gregory XVI on 3 December 1834,[2] all Archbishops until 1947 had been of foreign heritage. He retired on 5 August 2009.


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