Saturday, October 17, 2015


Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Fr Justin Bernard Gnanapragasam as the new Bishop of Jaffna diocese. He was born on 13th May 1948 in Kayts Jaffna. He had his education at St. Patrick’s College Jaffna and St. Anthoney’s College Kayts. He entered St Martin’s minor seminary and was ordained as a priest on 24th April 1974 in Jaffna. He served as assistant parish priest and parish priest in many churches. He was a lecturer in Philosophy department at St Francis Xavier’s major seminary and also he was the rector of St. Patrick’s College Jaffna as well. At the time when he was elected as the Bishop, he was the Vicar General of the diocese of Jaffna.