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Redemptorist Formation Community
We are a community of ‘growth'(wisdom, knowledge, and faith experience) entrusted with the formation of the students to become Redemptorist Missioonaries
Frangipani is generally referred to as a name of a tree with an abundance of white, pink or yellow fragrant flowers which is commonly known as The Temple Flowers. For those who lived in Ampitiya some decades back, this name was very familiar, but not for a common meaning. Rather, Frangipani was known as a famous hotel or a tourist inn has been a home to a community of religious men called the Redemptorists for nearly thirty years.
By 1989 the Redemptorist Fathers were looking at all possibilities to purchase a property at Ampitiya as the Region had decided to start a major seminary in Sri Lanka. The Regional Superior at that time, Fr. Glen Fernando C.Ss.R entrusted the herculean task of finding a place to rev. Bro. Patrick Perera C.Ss.R who was at Sancta Maria, Kandy. Finding a good property at a reasonable price was very difficult. However, they managed to find a small house with minimum facilities near the entrance to Monte Fano (The Sylvestro-Benedictine monastery in Kandy). The chronicles of the Studentate dated 27th of August 1990 say, “Yet the house was not in a suitable condition to buy. No water. No electricity. No rooms. Somehow, we came to the house with a truck load of house requisites to occupy it and to renovate it. First few days were spent on hunting for water. We began the renovation work. There were only two rooms in the house. Soon, we built partitions and made four more rooms. We got a cook. We are now slowly settling down. Question is what is ahead of us?”
Although the owners were changed the name of the house was never changed. It remains the same as ‘Frangipani’ even today. The guiding principle of the Frangipani Community is based upon Luke 2:52, “ We are a community of growth, wisdom, knowledge and faith experiences, entrusted with the formation of the students to become Redemptorist missionaries who will preach the Good News ever anew.”