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  Mannar Diocese

A. Ordinary of Mannar Diocese

Bishop Rayappu JosephBishop Rayappu Joseph was born on April 16, 1940 in Jaffna. He was ordained a priest on Dec. 13, 1967, and appointed Bishop of Mannar on July 6, 1992. His episcopal ordination was on Aug. 16, 1992. Bishop Rayappu obtained a doctorate in Canon law at the Pontifical Urban University, Rome/ He was later appointed Professor at St Xavier’s Seminary Jaffna. He is the vice president of the bishops’ conference in Sri Lanka and chairman for the Catholic National Commission for Laity. He is fluent in Italian, German and English. Bishop Rayappu works in close collaboration with the Vatican, international Caritas agencies and countries of the European Union to promote peace in Sri Lanka.

Address: Bishop’s House, Pattim, Mannar, Sri Lanka

Phone: (94) 23-2232503, (94) 23-2232710

Fax: (94) 23-2232709

Email:bisman@sltnet.lk, jrayappu@yahoo.com


Previous Ordinary

Bishop Thomas Savundaranayagam (1981-1992)


B. Other Diocesan Officials


Vicar General: Father Xavier Croos Anthony

Address: Bishop’s House, Pattim, Mannar, Sri Lanka

Phone: (93) 23-2232710

Fax: (93) 23-2232709


Episcopal Vicar: Father Devarajah Joseph Benedict

Address: Bishop’s House, Pattim, Mannar, Sri Lanka

Phone: (93) 23-2232710

Fax: (93) 23-2232709


Procurator General: Father Avuleen Rayappu

Address: Bishop’s House, Pattim, Mannar, Sri Lanka

Phone: (94) 23-2232710

Fax: (94) 23-2232709



Judicial Vicar: Father Devarajah Santhan Koduthoor

Address: Minor Seminary of Our Lady of Madhu, Chavakkadu, Mannar, Sri Lanka

Phone: (94) 23-2232408

Email: skdeva@sltnet.lk




  • • Father Xavier Croos Anthony
  • • Father Devarajah Joseph Benedict
  • • Father Stanislaus Philip, OMI
  • • Father Christian Vaz Santhia
  • • Father Jesurajah Phillippupillai
  • • Father Vincent Patrick OMI
  • • Father Emilianuspillai Santhiapillai
  • • Father Desmond Kulas
  • • Father Devarajah Santhan Koduthoor
  • • Father Santhia Joyce Peppi Sosai
  • • Father Avuleen Rayappu


StatisticsMannar Map

A. Catholic Population

As of Dec. 31, 2004, Mannar diocese had 75,000 Catholics, accounting for 34 percent of the 219,633 people living in Mannar. The diocese has 21 parishes with 59 resident priests.


People in the Diocese

• Catholics: 75,000 or 34%

• Members of other Christian denominations (approximate): 2,300

• Followers of other religions: Buddhists: 19,500. Hindus: 97,000


B. Diocesan and Religious Priests

Diocesan Priests: 48

Religious Priests: 11


C. Religious Brothers , Sisters

Religious Brothers: 19

Religious Sisters: 108


D. Lay Missionaries


Lay missionaries: 300 volunteers

E. Seminaries, Houses of Formation


Minor seminary: 1 (Our Lady of Madhu, Mannar, Sri Lanka)


F. There are 21 parishes in the diocese


Diocesan Activities and Organizations


A. Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  1. • Pastoral Council
  2. • Youth Apostolate Administrative Committee
  3. • Deanery Committee
  4. • Pastoral Committee
  5. • ASIPA
  6. • Laity
  7. • Catechetics, Bible & Education
  8. • Liturgy and Cultural Affairs
  9. • Pontifical Mission Societies
  10. • Family Apostolate
  11. • Legion of Mary (Pious Associations)
  12. • Catholic Education Committee
  13. • Social Committee
  14. • Committee for Finance and Property
  15. • The Secretariat Committee
  16. • Tribunal


Diocesan Offices

  • • Diocesan Pastoral Care and Mission
  • • Finance and Property
  • • Catholic Education
  • • Social Ministry (Social Development, Family Apostolate)
  • • Pastoral Training Centre

B. Catholic Educational Institutions


• Don Bosco Vocational Centre, Murunkan, Mannar


C. Catholic Social Welfare

  1.  • Anbiam Co-ordinating Centre, Mannar, Sri Lanka
  2. • Carmel Girls’ Hostel, Murunkan, Mannar, Sri Lanka
  3. • Centre for Disabled, Mannar, Sri Lanka
  4. • Centre for Limb Fitting “Uthavikkaram”, Mannar, Sri Lanka
  5. • Christ the King Boys’ Home, Murunkan, Mannar, Sri Lanka
  6. • Counseling Centre, Mannar
  7. • Diocesan Catechetical Centre, Mannar, Sri Lanka
  8. • Pastoral Centre, Mannar, Sri Lanka
  9. • Diocesan Human Development Centre, Caritas – “Valvuthayam,” Mannar, Sri Lanka
  10. • Holy Cross Dispensary, Holy Cross Sisters, Veppankulam Vavuniya, Sri Lanka
  11. • Holy Cross “MEMISA” Health Care Centre, Katkadanthakulam, Murunkan, Sri Lanka
  12. • Holy Family Children’s Home, Nanattan, Sri Lanka
  13. • Holy Family Girls’ Hostel, Mannar, Sri Lanka
  14. • Holy Family Girls’ Home, Pandivirichchan, Mannar, Sri Lanka
  15. • Holy Family Formation Centre, Parappankandal, Sri Lanka
  16. • Holy Family Girls’ Hostel, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka
  17. • Home of Compassion “Anpaham” MC Sisters, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka
  18. • Jesuit Refugee Services, Mannar, Sri Lanka
  19. • Kolping Centre, Thalvupadhu Road, Mannar
  20. • La Sallian Development Project, Mannar, Sri Lanka
  21. • Madhu Matha Children Home, Kaththankulam, Sri Lanka
  22. • Oblate Preachers’ Band “Amathiaham”, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka
  23. • Rehabilitation of Alcoholics and Drug Addicts, Konnian Kudiruppu, Thoddavely
  24. • “Santhom”, Home for the Elders, Sisters of Charity, Mannar, Sri Lanka
  25. • St. Anthony’s Girls’ Hostel, Sisters of Charity, Cheddikulam, Sri Lanka
  26. • St. Mary’s Children’s Home, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka
  27. • St. Xavier’s Boys’ Hostel, Christian Brothers, Mannar, Sri Lanka
  28. • Salesian Trust Institution, Murunkan, Sri Lanka
  29. • Theodore Health Centre, Katkadanthakulam, Murunkan, Mannar


D. Social Communications


• Center for Social Communication, Culture and Inter religious dialogue, St. Sebastian’s Street, Mannar

Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes


A. Religious Institutes of Men

  • Rosarian Contemplative Fathers, Vavuniya
  • Institute Voluntas Dei
  • Salesian Fathers ~ SDB
  • Jesuits Fathers ~ SJ
  • Capuchin Friars
  • Rosarian Fathers
  • De La Salle Brothers
  • Franciscan Missionary Brothers
  • OMI Brothers


B. Religious Institutes of Women

  • Rosarian Contemplative Sisters, Pattim, Mannar
  • Carmel Convent, Mannar
  • Holy Cross Sisters
  • Holy Family Convent


General Characteristics of the Diocese

The diocese stretches over a land area of 3,952.1 square kilometers. “Mannar” means “deer river” or “silt river.” Mannar has an ancient port known as Manthai or Mathoddam, meaning “mango garden.” The main feature of the town is this Portuguese fort. Malwattu Oya, the second longest river in Sri Lanka, runs through Mannar.

Mannar is part of the “Catholic belt”‘ extending from Negombo to Jaffna. The Portuguese first arrived in Colombo and established Catholicism in areas around Chilaw. They also expanded. Thus, the whole Gulf of Mannar can be called a “Catholic belt.”

The primary economic activities are crop cultivation (mainly paddy), fisheries and animal husbandry.

Fishing is a major contributor to the local economy of Mannar. It provides the principal source of livelihood for a large portion of the population.

The civil war in the northern and eastern regions over the last 25 years have resulted in displacement of people and destruction of a large segment of Mannar. The Government Agent’s (GA’s) office in Mannar estimated the population of the district as 97,101. This figure includes 5,276 displaced families (21,632 individuals).

A large number of houses were damaged or destroyed during the conflict which began in 1983. More than half of the houses were completely destroyed. The education sector has been badly affected by the conflict. Though 90 of 111 schools are functioning, many of the original structures of the schools are damaged or destroyed.

Bishop Joseph Rayappu heads the Mannar diocese, which covers the districts of Mannar and Vavuniya. The diocese is in the predominantly Tamil area, which is being bitterly fought over by the army and the Tamil Tiger rebels.

The Catholic diocese of Mannar dedicated to Our Lady of Madhu. The Madhu shrine is one of the ancient churches in Asia.

Mannar diocese was founded on Jan. 29, 1981, and is located in northwestern Sri Lanka. It is adjacent to Jaffna in the north, Chilaw in the south, and Trincomalee in the southeast.

Bishop Thomas Savundaranayagam was consecrated its first bishop. The diocese began with 12 diocesan priests and 15 parishes but today there are 47 diocesan priests and 28 parishes. The martyrdom of 600 Catholics in 1544 sowed the seeds of the diocese.

Some 400 years ago, a Tamil king in Sri Lanka killed 600 Tamils including women and children who had converted to Catholicism. These people are known as the Martyrs of Mannar.


In Mannar diocese, the population was 219,633 at end of 2004. (The population of the whole country 18,732,000.) Most residents are Tamils.

Mannar is located in the driest region of the country. For a variety of reasons, many areas in the district suffer shortages of drinking water.


Geographically, most of Mannar is on the mainland, within the arid and dry zone characterized by high temperatures and low rainfall. Monthly temperatures range between 26.5 and 30 degrees Celsius with high temperatures normally recorded between May and August. Mannar receives nearly 60 percent of its rainfall during the northeast monsoon, which lasts from October to December.


Standard Tamil language is in use


Source: http://www.ucanews.com/diocesan-directory/html/dps-sr_mannar.php