Come to me all who are burdened

When our souls are weary, Christ is the only consolation where we experience his love to the fullest.

The Season of Advent.

The Kingdom of God is the already but not yet.

The Philosophate standing majestically in the midst of Dumbara Mountains

The massive edifice where the future priests are trained to develop their reason

Do this in memory of me

All the seminarians and priests are invited to be another Christ and to follow the footsteps of Jesus, the High Priest

Faith seeking understanding

Future priests are taught Philosophy not to question the Divine existence, but to consolidate their faith in God

Thursday, November 5, 2020


Welcome to – The Official Website of The National Seminary Philosophate, Ampitiya, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Philosophy is taught as a preparation for theology because both these aspects supplement one another.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017


Home wasn't a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, This is our hose, this is where we are built up. So while people look for a beautiful place we try to make our place beautiful...
This is our PHILOSOPHATE ......


On the 4th February 2016, National Seminary celebrated the feast of her patroness, Our Lady of Lanka. The Festive High Mass was presided over in the Theologate chapel by Most. Rev. Dr. Joseph Vianney Fernando.The traditional annual inter class basketball tournament was held in the evening. The champions of the tournament were 3rd Year Theology Brothers and the runners-up were the 1st Year Theology Brothers. An exhibition match between the Seminary Basketball team and the Archdiocesan Fathers' team was also held.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017


TThe National seminary celebrates the feast of its patroness: Our Lady of Lanka on the 4th February. he Solemn Vespers service was held in the Philosophate on the 3rd evening. Most. Rev. Dr. Valence Mendis the Bishop of the Diocese of Chilaw was the chief celebrant of this service which was followed by a fellowship dinner.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017


The Department of Philosophy celebrated the Philosopher’s Day 2017, with much enthusiasm on the iconic feast of St. Thomas Aquinas on 28th of January. The festive Concelebrated Mass was presided over by Rev.Fr. Edmund Thilakaratne. The Memorial Oration, named after the great scholar late Rev. Fr. Harold Panditharatne was the highlight of the day. Doing justice to the name of a celebrated and respected scholarly clergyman, the guest speaker Dr. Edwin Ariyadasa made his outstanding oration. Living up to both his incalculable knowledge and powerful oratory skills, he addressed the gathering on “Towards a global spirituality”.Diploma holders of the batches 2014-2016 were awarded their certificates by Dr. Edwin Ariyadasa . Students of Philosophy at the National Seminary convey their grateful appreciation for all the trouble taken and responsibility shouldered by the Rector of the National Seminary-Very Rev. Fr. Expeditus Jayakody, the Director of the Philosophate-Rev. Fr Ajith Fernando, and the Dean of Philosophy-Rev. Nilantha Ediriwickrama. The day indeed shined in all its depth and wisdom in a manner so fitting the occasion. It was both a day of wisdom and colourful vibrancy.

Monday, January 16, 2017

ST. JOSEPH VAZ ( Video Prensentation)

St. Joseph Vaz,(21 April 1651 – 16 January 1711) was an Oratorian priest and missionary in Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon.
St. Vaz arrived in Ceylon during the Dutch occupation, when the Dutch were imposing Calvinism as the official religion after taking over from the Portuguese. He travelled throughout the island bringing the Eucharist and the sacraments to clandestine groups of Catholics. As a result of his labors, Vaz is known as the Apostle of Ceylon. On 21 January 1995, he was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Colombo. He was canonized on 14 January 2015 by Pope Francis in an open-air Mass ceremony at the Galle Face Green in Colombo.

Saturday, January 14, 2017


The Philosophate celebrated the Thai Pongal festival which is a main cultural event of our Tamil brothers. Rev. Fr. Thamil Nesan presided over the Eucharistic celebration and the breakfast with  traditional food items followed the holy mass.