Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Colombo

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Archdiocese of Colombo

Archidioecesis Columbensis in Taprobane

කොළඹ අගරදගුරු පදවිය
கொழும்பு உயர்மறைமாவட்டம்
St. Lucia's Cathedral, Colombo, Sri Lanka.jpg
Country Sri Lanka
Ecclesiastical provinceColombo
Area3,838 km2 (1,482 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
700,000 (12.3%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
CathedralSt. Lucia's Cathedral
Patron saintSt. Joseph Vaz, Our Lady of Lanka, Our Lady of Madhu, St. Thomas the Apostle
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopMalcolm Ranjith
Auxiliary BishopsSampathawaduge Maxwell Grenville Silva
(2012–to date)

Jayakody Aratchige Don Anton Jayakody
(2018 June–to date)

Bishops emeritusNicholas Marcus Fernando
Archbishop Emeritus (1977–2002)
Oswald Gomis
Archbishop Emeritus (2002–2009)
Vincent Marius Peiris
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus (2000 - 2018)
Emmanuel Fidelis Fernando
Auxiliary Bishop (2012 - 2017)
Website of the Archdiocese

The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Colombo (Latin: Archidioecesis Columbensis in Taprobane) is a Latin Metropolitan Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church, whose ecclesiastical province covers all Sri Lanka plus the Maldives (which are within the archbishopric). It depends on the missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

The current Archbishop of Colombo, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI on 16 June 2009, is Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. He is assisted in this role by the auxiliary bishops.

The archdiocesan mother church and cathedral seat of its Metropolitan Archbishop is St. Lucia's Cathedral. Its other National Shrines are the Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, a minor basilica in Tewatta, and St. Anthony's National Shrine in Kochchikade.


As per 2014, it pastorally served 637,729 Catholics (8.8% of 7,281,000 total) on 3,838 km² in 128 parishes with 592 priests (313 diocesan, 279 religious), 1,560 lay religious (380 brothers, 1,180 sisters) and 292 seminarians.[1]


Ecclesiastical province[edit]

Its suffragan sees are :


Bishops of Ceylon[edit]

  • Vicente do Rosayro, C.O. (1836-1842)
  • Caetano Antonio Mulsuce, C.O. (1843-1845)

Bishops of Colombo[edit]

  • Caetano Antonio Mulsuce, C.O. (1845-1857)
  • Giuseppe Maria Bravi, O.S.B. Silv. (1857-1860)
  • Hilarion Silani, O.S.B. Silv. (1863-1879)
  • Clemente Pagnani, O.S.B. Silv. (1879-1883), appointed Apostolic Vicar and later Bishop of Kandy
  • Christophe-Etienne Bonjean, O.M.I. (1883-1886)

Archbishops of Colombo[edit]

  • Christophe-Etienne Bonjean, O.M.I. (1886-1892)
  • André-Théophile Mélizan, O.M.I. (1893-1905)
  • Antoine Coudert, O.M.I. (1905-1929)
  • Pierre-Guillaume Marque, O.M.I. (1929-1937)
  • Jean-Marie Masson, O.M.I. (1938-1944)

Archbishops of Colombo in Ceylon[edit]

  • Jean-Marie Masson, O.M.I. (1944-1947
  • Cardinal Thomas Cooray, O.M.I. (1947-1972)

Archbishops of Colombo[edit]

  • Cardinal Thomas Cooray, O.M.I. (1972-1976)
  • Nicholas Fernando (1977-2002)
  • Oswald Gomis (2002-2009)
  • Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith (2009-present)

List of churches in the Archdiocese[edit]

  • Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kandawala
  • Christ the king church,Pannipitiya
  • St. Thomas' Church, Kotte
  • Our Lady of Fatima Church, Battaramulla
  • All Saints' Church, Borella
  • St. Mary's Church, Maharagama
  • Sacred Heart Church, Rajagiriya
  • Holy Rosary Church, Slave Island, Colombo-02
  • St. Philip Neri's Church, Pettah, Colombo-12
  • St. Anthony's Church, Kollupitiya, Colombo-03
  • St. Mary's Church. Bambalapitiya, Colombo-04
  • St. Lawrence's Church, Wellawatte, Colombo-06
  • Fatima Church, Maradana
  • St.Joseph's Church, Grandpass, Colombo 14
  • St.Mary's Church, Mattakuliya, Colombo 15
  • St. James the Great Church, Mutwal, Colombo 15
  • St.Sebastian's Church, Panchikawatha, Colombo 10

St. Theresa's Church Colombo[edit]

The Church of St. Theresa is a Roman Catholic church, located at Thimbirigasyaya Road Colombo, Sri Lanka. The current parish priest is Rev. Fr. Neil Dias Karunarathne C.Ss.R..

Over time the Catholic community of the area had been growing, and a Fr. James initiated a process in 1934 to construct the existing church. In 1937, a proposal was made to Fr. Giwdan, the parish priest of Bambalapitiya, to lay a foundation for a Catholic church. The bishop gave his permission, and as a result the temporary structure was built and dedicated to St. Theresa.

In 1951, construction started and in 1952 Archbishop Thomas Corey has handed over the church to Dominican fathers. It was completed and consecrated on 7 October 1961 by Archbishop Thomas Cooray.

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 6°56′54″N 79°51′51″E / 6.9482°N 79.8643°E / 6.9482; 79.8643


  1. ^ "Archdiocese of Colombo, Maldives and Sri Lanka".

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