St. Benedict’s College celebrates its 146th anniversary


The St. Benedict's College, Colombo 13 celebrates its 146th year of its glittering service to the nation today (11).

The celebrations will commence with an Eucharistic celebration at St. Lucia's Cathedral Kotahena followed by procession and Assembly, a press release issued by the organisers of the event said.

The release also said:"St. Benedict who was born in the fifth century hailed from an affluent family. He renounced his wealth and devoted his life to God at a time when he saw that the students of his era were in pursuit of pleasure and not the truth.

The school commenced operations in 1865 and the management was handed over to De La Salle Brothers in 1868. Throughout this lengthy span the school has been in the fore front in gifting to the nation eminent personalities, intellectual elites, distinguished scholars who are at the helm of religious, academic and business institutions in Sri Lanka and aboard.

The school is renowned for its discipline, athletic prowess and academic excellence. An analysis of the 2010 Ordinary level examination results indicates a percentage of 91 passes.

Last year the 145th anniversary of the school was celebrated with grandeur and fanfare with the ceremonial opening of the College aquatic complex built at a cost of rupees thirty four million-Out of this amount around 31 Million was contributed by the old boys of the College here and aboard. This shows the deep attachment and allegiance of the past students who are on the lookout and willing to improve the qualitative stardards of the school. On the occasion of the 145th year of celebration 25 priests who were past students of the College graced the occasion to show their solidarity. It is an indication that as a Catholic school an environment is created for those who have the special calling from God to serve in his vineyard. Presently there are 65 priests who were blessed with a Benedictine education and who now serve the Lord in diverse capacities.

The celebration on 11th July 2011 will commence with a Eucharistic celebration at St. Lucia's Cathedral Kotahena followed by procession and Assembly. Mr. Bradley Emerson, a distinguished old boy of the school, who is the CEO CIMA (Sri Lanka Division) and also the regional director of South Asia CIMA is scheduled to address the students on the theme of "loyalty". The highlight of the day will be the inaugural inter house swimming competition which will be the acid test of all the elite swimmers who will compete for the first time in their life."

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