|Bishop of Mannar|
|Native name||இராயப்பு யோசப்|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|Installed||6 July 1992|
|Term ended||14 January 2016|
16 April 1940 |
|Alma mater||Pontifical Urbaniana University|
Early life and family
Joseph was born on 16 April 1940 on the island of Neduntheevu in northern Ceylon. He was educated at St. Patrick's College, Jaffna. Joseph has a Doctor of Canon Law degree from the Pontifical Urbaniana University.
Joseph was ordained as a priest in December 1967. He was a professor at the St Xavier's Seminary, Jaffna. In July 1992 he was appointed Bishop of Mannar and was ordained as a bishop in October 1992.
Joseph has been a vocal critic of the Sri Lankan government/Sri Lankan military's conduct during the Sri Lankan Civil War and the country's human rights record. This has led to him being threatened by government supporters.
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