Rt.Rev.Dr.Anthony Leopold Raymond Peiris Catholic Bishop Emeritus of Kurunegala
Name - Rt. Rev. Dr.Anthony Leopold Raymond Peiris
Father - Jayasuriya Mahathelge Palis Peiris
Mother - Warnakulasuriya Patabedige Elizabeth Perera
Date of Birth - 09th August 1932
Birth Place - Kalaeliya, Ja-Ela
Priestly Formation - St. Aloysius Seminary, Colombo .08 (Entered on 15th January 1945 ) - National Seminary of Our Lady of Lanka, Ampitiya, Kandy (Left 0n18th April 1959)
Priestly Ordination - 20th December 1958 at St. Lucia’s Cathedral, Kotahena, Colombo 13 By His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Cooray
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15th April 1959 - Assistant Priest of Palagathure August 1959 - Assistant Priest of Murunkan (Mannar) 06th November 1959 - Assistant Priest of Kotahena 01st September 1961 - Parish Priest of Avissawella 22nd January 1963 - Parish Priest of Thoppu
23rd September 1964 - Parish Priest of Pallansena (Kochchikade - Negombo) 11th November 1966 - Parish Priest of Grand Street, Negombo
15th September 1968 - Parish Priest of Tudella 03rd February 1969 - Parish Priest of Dalugama 01st April 1971 - Parish Priest of Kotahena
03rd May 1977 - Procurator General - Colombo till 20th June 1982
01st September 1982 - Parish Priest of Grandpass & Administrator of the Archdiocesan Estates.
05th December 1983 - Episcopal Vicar of the Colombo Region.
07th May 1984 - Episcopal Vicar in charge of the Lay Apostolate (in addition to EV Colombo region).
02nd June 1987 - nominated the First Catholic Bishop of Kurunegala by His Holiness Pope St. John Paul II.
18th July 1987 - Episcopal Ordination – Ordaining Prelate His Grace Nicholas Marcus
Fernando at St. Anne’s College Grounds, Kurunegala. Episcopal Moto - “Omnia Omnibus” (All things to all men)
09th August 2007 - Celebration of 75th Birthday
20th December 2008 - Celebration of Golden Jubilee of Priesthood Offices held in the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka.
December 1987 to March 198 - Vice Chairman-Catholic National commission for Social communications.
March 1989March 1995- Chairman - Catholic National commission for Justice, Peace and Human development.
March 1995 to March 2001 – Chairman -Catholic National Commission for Missionary Activity.
1989 – 1995 – Chairman - Finance Committee
1998 – 2008 – Chairman - Finance committee
11th July 2009-Retirement after 22 years of committed service as the first Catholic Bishop of Kurunegala.
18th July 2017 - 30th Anniversary of the Episcopal
Ordination 09th August 2017 - 85th Birthday.
29th September 2017 - Called to Eternal Rest