Silver Jubilee Celebration
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Silver Jubilee celebration of Priesthood of Frs. Dom. Emil Joseph Anthonypillai OSB & Dom. Gregory Lakshman Fernando OSB on 13th of August 2016
The Sylvestro Benedictine congregation in Sri Lanka takes pride in announcing the milestones reached by Frs. Emil and Gregory as they celebrate the silver jubilee of their ordination this year.
Emil Joseph Anthonypillai was born on the 20th of November 1963 at Sillalai, Jaffna. Gregory Lakshman Fernando was born on the 9th of May 1964 at Willoruwatte, Moratuwa. They became members of the Sylvestro-Benedictine family on 1st of April 1984 by making their simple profession. Persevering till the end they made their solemn profession and was ordained as Priests in the vineyard of the Lord by his Lordship Rt. Rev. Dr. Vianney Fernando on 5th August 1991.
After Ordination they dedicated their lives serving the people of God. Fr. Emil labored in the capacity of a parish priest in Panvila for 8 long years, and as assistant parish priest at Rajagiriya and Wahakotte. He was a member of the Montefano Community, the mother house of the congregation and also spent many years serving the congregation as the administrator of the Benedictine fathers’ Hostel at St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota. He is the Priory administrator at present and also the director of the Lawrence Hyde Boy’s Home where he moulds dejected young minds to be responsible citizens of tomorrow.
Fr. Gregory served as a faithful pastor at St. Anthony’s Cathedral Kandy and St. Anthony’s Shrine Wahakotte in the capacity of an assistant parish priest. He entered the education field by becoming the principal of St. Anthony’s College Wahakotte and the deputy principal of St. Anthony’s College Katugastota. His experience earned him the position of Assistant Director of Education at Isurupaya, Battaramulla where he continues to serve the people of God. He is currently a resident priest at Rajagiriya.
The Sylvestro Benedictine monks will praise God for the wonderful vocations given to Frs. Emil and Gregory by celebrating their jubilees on the 13th of August 2016 at Montefano, Ampitiya.