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Sri Lanka: Former auxiliary bishop of Colombo dies at 83

Bishop Vincent Marius Joseph Peiris, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Vincent Marius Joseph Peiris, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Colombo, Sri Lanka, passed away on May 13. He was 83.

He was born in the Katukurunda area of Moratuwa on October 11, 1941, and ordained a priest on January 25, 1972.

He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Colombo on November 16, 2000, and retired on April 4, 2018.

He was a rector of the National Seminary of Our Lady of Lanka, Kandy, a beloved mentor, an esteemed scholar, and a beacon of guidance. 

From 1972 to 1989, he worked at the National Seminary. He was appointed Rector on July 15, 1998. Under his direction, the National Seminary in Sri Lanka achieved greater heights in training future priests. During his tenure as rector, Fr. Marius Peiris built and opened the National Seminary Philosophate. 

In addition, the National Seminary began releasing "Living Faith," a biannual publication for Sri Lanka's clergy and religious community. 

On February 3, 2001, they appointed him as the Colombo auxiliary bishop and ordained him as an episcopal member. 

Peiris made significant and wide-ranging theological contributions. His academic writings deepened people's understanding of spirituality, ethics, and faith, and he encouraged a new generation of seminarians to explore the enigmas of God's word. 

In addition to his scholarly endeavors, Peiris was a kind shepherd who was constantly willing to lend assistance, consolation, and direction to anyone in need. 

His pastoral care left an indelible impression on everyone he had the honor to know, touching many lives. 

Everyone he touched will continue to remember his wisdom, kindness, and love. 

Funeral details are to be announced later. 


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