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Bishop Emmanuel Fernando appointed as the new Bishop of Mannar
The Holy Father, Pope Francis appointed Auxiliary Bishop Fidelis Lionel Emmanuel Fernando as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Mannar.

Bishop Fernando will transfer from the Archdiocese of Colombo to replace Retired Bishop Joseph Kingsley Swampillai who was the Administrator of the diocese from January 2016.

Bishop Fidelis Lionel Emmanuel Fernando was born on May 20, 1948 in Jaffna. His parents are of Vembar (Tuticorin diocese) origin and he hails from a big family, four of whom are religious-two priests and two nuns. Bishop Fernando is the youngest son of late V. Xavier Bastian Fernando (Civil Engineer) and late Gnanasorubi Fernando of Vembar, South India.

He was assigned the titular see of Orta. After his primary and secondary school education at St. Benedict’s College, Colombo, he entered the Minor Seminary of St. Aloysius of Columbo Archdiocese.
After completing his studies at the Minor Seminary, he was admitted to the National Seminary of Kandy for philosophical studies. He was sent to Rome, for his theological studies where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Theology and a Licentiate in Moral Theology at Urbaniana University. From 1981 to 1987, while he was teaching at the National Major Seminary of Kandy, he went to the Catholic University of Washington (U.S.A.), where he obtained his Doctorate in Theology.

On January 6, 1973 he was ordained a priest by the Holy Father Pope Paul VI in Rome along with 38 priests from 19 countries on the solemn occasion of the 350th Anniversary of the congregation for evangelization of people. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Colombo on Nov. 28, 2011. He has held the post of professor of Theology and also of rector at the national seminary, and Episcopal Vicar for the South in the Archdiocese of Colombo. At present, he is the Episcopal Vicar for the Tamil Apostolate in the archdiocese.

As a priest he has held the following Offices:
Assistant parish priest in three parishes
Professor at the National Seminary of Kandy
Vice-Rector of the National Seminary of Kandy
Rector of the National Seminary of Kandy
Pastor, Dean in the Moratuwa area.
Episcopal Vicar for Catechesis.
The Apostolate for the Family.
Episcopal Vicar for the southern area of the Archdiocese.
Member of the Priests’ Council and the Board of Consultants.
Episcopal Vicar for the faithful of Tamil origin in the Archdiocese of Colombo.

As of 2013 statistics Mannar diocese has 89 thousand catholics, 34 parishes with 87 diocesan priests, 47 religious priests and 183 women religious.

Extract from the Vaticana Radio -

 Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on November 23 2017 11:56:33 1 Comments 359 Reads Print
Sydney Xavier on November 24 2017 08:50:35
Congratulations and God bless. This news is also in the (Catholic) Messenger of 19-11-2017 page 13. Regards, Sydney Xavier smiley
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