Pope appoints a new Bishop in Sri Lanka


Following the retirement of Bishop Joseph Kingsley Swampillai, from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Trincomalee, in Sri Lanka, Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Fr. Noel Emmanuel Christian, presently Episcopal Vicar and General Treasurer of the same diocese as the new Bishop of Trincomalee.

Rev. Fr. Christian Noel Emmanuel, was born December 25, 1960, in Trincomalee. After secondary school, he entered the St. Joseph’s Minor Seminary. In the years 1978 - 1981 he studied philosophy at the National Seminary of Kandy. From 1981 to 1982 he did a year of regency with pastoral work. In 1983 he entered the St. Paul’s Major Seminary, Triruchirappally, in India, where, in 1986, he finished his theological studies. He was ordained deacon 12 March, 1985 and was incardinated in the then undivided Diocese of Trincomalee-Batticaloa. He received priestly ordination on May 21, 1986, in the Cathedral of Trincomalee.

After ordination he held the following positions: 1986-1988: assistant priest in the Cathedral Parish, Batticaloa; 1988-1989: parish priest of the Church of Iruthayapuram, Batticaloa; 1989-1993: parish priest of the Church of Our Lady of Good Health, of Akkaraipattu; 1993-1999: Director of the Catechetical, Biblical and Liturgical Apostolate, Batticaloa; 1999-2001: Higher studies at the Urbaniana University in Rome. 2001-2011: Professor at the National Seminary in Kandy; From 2011: Episcopal Vicar of the Diocese; From 2012: General Treasurer of the Diocese.

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