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- Our Presence In Sri Lanka
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Then, the Irish Redemptorists arrived in Sri lanka somewhat accidentally (or providencially) in the sense that a group of them when were on their way to the Phillipines, landed at the Colombo harbor in 1938. When they went to Kandy, to their delight the Most Rev. Bernard Regno, O.S.B, Sylvestro-Benedictine Bishop of Kandy, welcomed them with open arms and encouraged them to begin a foundation in his diocese. He showed them proudly a portrait of their founder St. Alphonsus Liguori in his office room and as said that as a bishop he had taken this saint as his model. As a result of this encouraging encounter with the Bishop of Kandy the then Irish Provincial Fr. Hugo Kerr decided to send three Redemptorists to begin a foundation in the Island of Ceylon.
The three pioneering Redemptorists set sail from Belfast on December 09, 1938 via Liverpool & Southhampton and arrived in Colombo, Ceylon on 05 Janurary 1939 at around 3.00 pm. They were Fr. Gerrard McDonnel C.S.s.R, Fr. Mathew Hickey C.Ss.R and Fr. Leo O’Halloran C.Ss.R. They proceeded to found the first community in Kandy the same year.
In 2014 the Redemptorists in Sri Lanka celebrated the 75th Anniversary of their presence in the island. The Sri Lankan Redemptorists have had many ups and downs during their 75+ years presence in this emerald and blessed island. The many and varied apostolic experiences of theirs have not only enriched them but they have also been used by God as His graced channels to communicate to His people here that after all, God is merciful and goes after the lost sheep.