Superior: Rev. Fr. Michael Ekanayake, O.S.B. & Rev. Fr. Gregory Leonidas, O.S.B. Bursar: Rev. Fr Jude Wilson, O.S.B. Rev. Bro. Cruze, O.S.B.
St. Benedict, born around 480 in Italy in the Umbrian Province of Nursia, went to Rome to study Liberal Arts but abandoned his studies and went in a cave at Subiaco to lead an eremitical life. As followers gathered around him he established twelve small monasteries, scattered close by on the sill side. After some years he left the valley and went south to Monte Casino where he established a monastery where he spent the rest of his life. It is here he wrote for his monks, what has become a master piece and inspiration for the Western monks up to our times. St. Benedict died in 547.
St. Sylvester was born around 1177 in Osimo in Central Italy. Leaving his studies in Jurisprudence in the University of Bologna, he became a Canon in the Cathedral of Osimo. Desiring for a deeper union with God, he left the Cathedral and went into a lonely place Grottafucile for a life of prayer and penance, The fame of the holy man came to be known and followers gathered round him. Seeking a more conducive place for community life he chose the woods of Monte Fano, near Fabriano. Establishing a monastery in 1231, he adopted the Rule of St. Benedict to guide his monastic community. The new Congregation was approved by People Innocent IV in 1448. St. Sylvester died in 1267.
Seeking God in a cenobetic way of life, serving the Church in ordinary and extra-ordinary pastoral care of souls, fostering unity through prayer, witness of community living and the Celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours in community.
14th August 1845
Novice Master: Rev. Fr. Roshan Silva, O.M.I. Socius: Rev. Fr. Anton Niroshan Fernando, O.M.I.
Director: Rev. Fr. Chrishantha Tillakaratne, O.M.I
Charles Joseph Eugene de Mazenod was born in France at Aix-en-Provence, on August 1st 1782. Endowed with the lively & imperious character of the people of Provence and filled with noble intentions.
Eugene resolved to play a part in meeting the urgent needs of the Church. In 1808 he entered the Seminary of Saint-Sulpice in Paris and was ordained a priest at Amiens, on Dec. 21st, 1811. His dream was to be the servant and Priest of the poor. He soon experienced the overwhelming nature of the situation and realized that he needed to gather a group of zealous priests to work with him, primarily to awaken "a faith that had all but died in the hearts of so many." Thus, on Jan. 25th 1816 was born the Society of the Missionaries of Provence.
The tiny Society received approval from Pope Leo XII, on February 17th, 1826, and from then on took the name of the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Its motto "He has sent me to evangelize the poor" expressed both its charism and way of life. In time, Eugene de Mazenod had to assume the responsibility for the Diocese of Marseilles along with the leadership of his missionary society. Eugene became a Bishop in 1832. All the while he served as Superior General of the Oblate Congregation. By 1834 the missionaries had spread out from Provence into neighboring Corsica and in 1841 this small Society began a period of great expansion.
St. Eugene received many requests from abroad and in spite of limited personnel he responded in faith, and sent Oblates to number of countries, in 1841 to Canada and a few years later reached the Arctic Circle, in 1842 to England, in 1847 to the United States and Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka, in 1851, to South Africa, and in 1855, to Ireland. He corresponded faithfully with his missionaries reveling himself as a caring pastor, involved in all aspects of their life and mission. Shortly before his death on May 21st 1861, he spoke these last words to his Oblates, a testament that summed up his life. : " Practice well among yourselves Charity, Charity, Charity, and outside, seal for the salvation of souls". St. Eugene died on Pentecost Sunday to the prayer of Salve Regina, his final salute on earth to the one he considered as the "Mother of the Missions".
St. Eugene De Mazenod
"Apostolic communities of Priests and Brothers united to God by the Vows of Religion, committing ourselves principally to evangelizing the Poor."
Congregation of Missionaries Sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Claretian Missionaries.
St. Anthony Mary Claret (1807-1870) founded the Congregation of Missionaries for Evangelization in Vic, Spain on 16 July, 1849. Due to the suppression of Religious Orders in 1835 there was a general lack in preaching the Gospel to the people and Fr. Claret felt urged to the foundation along with five likeminded priests by the hunger for the Word of God among the vast multitude. Within 162 years of its existence, the Claretian Congregation had become universal, present in 63 countries.
St. Anthony Mary Claret
The ministry of the Word making use of opportune, timely and effective means. "Caritas Christi urget nos". "My spirit is for the whole world."
First Claretians began their Mission in Sri Lanka in 1991 The First Claretian Community was started in 1992.