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.  

 

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.