Rayappu Joseph

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Rt Rev.
Rayappu Joseph
Bishop of Mannar
Native name இராயப்பு யோசப்
Church Roman Catholic Church
Province Colombo
Diocese Mannar
Installed 6 July 1992
Term ended 14 January 2016
Predecessor Thomas Savundaranayagam
Personal details
Born (1940-04-16) 16 April 1940 (age 77)
Delft, Ceylon
Alma mater Pontifical Urbaniana University

Right Reverend Rayappu Joseph (Tamil: இராயப்பு யோசப்; born 16 April 1940) is a Sri Lanka Tamil priest and the former Roman Catholic Bishop of Mannar.[1][2]

Early life and family[edit]

Joseph was born on 16 April 1940 on the island of Neduntheevu in northern Ceylon.[3][4] He was educated at St. Patrick's College, Jaffna.[5][6] Joseph has a Doctor of Canon Law degree from the Pontifical Urbaniana University.[4]


Joseph was ordained as a priest in December 1967.[3][4] He was a professor at the St Xavier's Seminary, Jaffna.[4] In July 1992 he was appointed Bishop of Mannar and was ordained as a bishop in October 1992.[3][4]

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.[7][8] This has led to him being threatened by government supporters.[9]


  1. ^ "Mannar". Pontifical Mission Societies - Sri Lanka. 
  2. ^ "Resignation accepted of Bp. Rayappu and new Apostolic Administrator of Mannar appointed". Vatican Radio. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Bishop Rayappu Joseph". Catholic Hierarchy. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "BBishop Joseph". Union of Catholic Asian News. 
  5. ^ "Past Bishops". St Patrick's College, Jaffna Old Boys' Association, Colombo Branch. Archived from the original on 23 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Rasaiya, Christy (16 July 2000). "St. Patrick's 150 years old". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 
  7. ^ "Sri Lanka's war panel arouses strong emotions". BBC News. 11 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Sri Lanka row over Catholic letter on human rights". BBC News. 6 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Jeyaraj, D. B. S. (2 June 2012). "Pope Benedict to express concern over Mannar Bishop Rayappu Joseph's safety to President Rajapaksa at Vatican". dbsjeyaraj.com. 

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