Thursday, June 4, 2015


The Pope has appointed Rev. Dr. Christian Noel Emmanuel as the new Shepherd of  the diocese of Trincomalee. He was the Director of the National Seminary Philosophate during the period of 2009-2010.
We extend our prayerful wishes to him and wish all the success in his ministry as the Bishop of the diocese of Trincomalee. Rev. Dr. 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.

The positions he held as a priest

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;
2009-2010: The Director of the National Seminary Philosophate Kandy
From 2011: Episcopal Vicar of the Diocese;
From 2012: General Treasurer of the Diocese.

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