Rt. Rev. Dr. Raymond Peiris

The First Bishop of Kurunegala

Name: Rt. Rev. Dr.Anthony Leopold Raymond Peiris
Father : Jayasuriya Mahathelge Palis Peiris
Mother : Warnakulasuriya Patabedige Elizabeth Perera
Born on: 09th August 1932 at 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


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 - Archdiocese of 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).

15 th June 1987 - Nominated as the First Catholic Bishop of Kurunegala by His Holiness Pope 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.

Offices held in the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka

December 1987 to March 1998 - Vice Chairman-Catholic National commission for Social communications.

March 1989 to March 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

Ordination 09th August 2017 - 85th Birthday.

29th September 2017 - Called to Eternal Rest