Rev. Fr. Anton P. Thirumahan

Rector 2018 – to date

Born on February 15, 1975 in the Parish of St. Thomas’ Church, Point Pedro. Educated at J/Kaladdy RCTMS, Point Pedro and St. Patrick’s College, Jaffna. Entered St Martin’s Minor Seminary, Jaffna in 1989 and completed his priestly formation at St. Francis Xavier’s Seminary, Columbuthurai and was ordained a diocesan priest of the Jaffna Diocese by Bishop Thomas Savundranayagam on April 29, 2004. Fr Thirumahan’s educational qualifications include B.Ph. (Rome), B. Th. (Rome), Dip in Ed. (NIE) and MEd. (UK). He served as Asst. Parish Priest at the Navanthurai and Mullaitivu parishes between 2004 & 2005. In 1989, he joined the staff of St Patrick’s College Jaffna and served as Teacher and Warden (2006 – 2007), Bursar (2006 – 2011), in charge of Sports and Prefect of Studies (2006 to 2017) and Vice-Rector (2011 – 2012 and 2014 – 2017). Fr Thirumahan also served as Chairman of the Commission for religious dialogue and ecumenism from 2009 – 2012, is Chaplin for Jaffna Prison from 2014 to date and secretary of the Jaffna Deanary from 2014 to date, secretary of the Council of Priests from 2016 to date, Visiting Lecturer in “Islamic Religion and Philosophy” at St. Francis Xavier’s Major Seminary and Lecturer “Sri Lanka Church History” at St. Joseph Vaz Tamil Theologize, Jaffna. Fr Anton P. Thirumahan was appointed Rector of St Patrick’s College, Jaffna on January 25, 2018.

 

Rev. Fr. Jero Selvanayagam

Rector  2008 – 2018

Born on January 25, 1958 in the Parish of St. Sebastian’s Church, Karampon, Kayts. Educated at St. Sebastian’s primary school, Karampon, St. Antony’s College, Kayts and St. Patrick’s College, Jaffna. Completed his priestly formation at National Seminary, Ampitiya, Kandy and St. Francis Xavier’s Seminary, Columbuthurai and was ordained a diocesan priest of the Jaffna Diocese by Bishop Deogupillai at St Mary’s Cathedral, Jaffna on August 6, 1985. Fr Jero’s educational qualifications include BA (Jaffna) and MEd (Lon). He served as Asst. Parish Priest at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Jaffna (1985), Parish Priest at Kilinochchi, Vaddakachi (1986) and Karaveddy (1987 – 1989). In 1989, he joined the staff of St Patrick’s College Jaffna and served as Teacher and Warden (1989 – 1992), Principal of Senior Secondary (1992 – 1994), Head of Collegiate Section (1994 – 1998), Vice-Rector (1998 – 2008) and Rector (2008 – 2018). He retired as Rector on January 24, 2018 and is now Parish Priest at St Antony’s Church, Passaiyoor, Jaffna.

 

Rt. Rev. Dr Justin Gnanapragasam

Rector   2002 – 2008

Born on May 13, 1948 in the Parish of St. Mary’s Church, Kayts. Educated at St. Antony’s College, Kayts and St. Patrick’s College, Jaffna. Completed his priestly formation at National Seminary, Ampitiya, Kandy and Papal Seminary, Pune, India and was ordained a diocesan priest of the Jaffna Diocese by Bishop Deogupillai at the Church of Our lady of Refuge (OLR), Jaffna on April 24, 1974. Bishop Justin’s educational qualifications include B.Th (Pune), MA (Th)(Lon) and PhD Educ. (Lon). He served as Asst. Parish Priest at Kilinochchi and Valaipadu (1974 – 1975) and Vanni (1975 – 1976) and St Anne’s Church, Ilavalai (1976 – 1979), Parish Priest at Mareesankoodal Mission, Ilavalai (1980 – 1985) and St Jude’s Church, Ilavalai (1989 – 1990). While serving as Asst. PP and PP, Bishop Justin also served as Asst. Director of Long Tech. Institute (1975 – 1976), Vice-Rector (1976 – 1989) and Rector (1989 – 2002) of St. Henry’s College, Ilavalai. In 2002, he was appointed as Rector of St Patrick’s College, Jaffna. Bishop Justin was a member of the Council of the University of Jaffna from 1998 to 2014. He retired as Rector in 2008 and was appointed as the Vicar-General of the Jaffna Diocese. On November 28, 2015, he was consecrated as the 8th Bishop of the Diocese of Jaffna at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Jaffna.