St. Francis Friary (2008)

Address

ST. FRANCIS FRIARY
Pallansena Road - 502
Dalupotha, Negambo,
SRI LANKA

Tel: (0094 031) 2238133

Members

Guardian
Fr. Simon Elinjely

Member
Fr. Williams Pengiparamban

History

St. Francis Friary at Dalupotha in Negambo in the eparchy of the Archdiocese of Colombo began in the year 2008 with the purchase of 80 cents of land with a house near the Air Port and 30 K.M. away from Colombo City. By the end of the same year the Friars began to live in the house after having some renovations and extensions to the existing house. Till the official establishment of the Friary, Friar Albert Pulliyadan, the Mission in charge served as the Superior of the House.

Ever since from the very beginning in, it had been our long awaited wish to establish officially our presence in Sri Lanka. It is realised in the official ceremony of the establishment of the first Friary on December 01, 2009. Most Rev. Fr. Marco Tasca, Minister General inaugurated and His Excellency Archbishop Joseph Spitery, the Apostolic Nuncio to Sri Lanka blessed the first Friary of the Conventual Franciscans in Sri Lanka in the presence of V. Rev. Fr. Vincent Long Nguyen, Assistant General for FAAMC, Rev. Fr. Mathew Purayidom, Minister Provincial, India and major superior of the FAAMC Jurisdictions, who came to participate in the FAAMC meeting held in Sri Lanka. The Friary is dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, our Father and Founder. Friar Simon Elinjely was appointed as the first Guardian of the Friary. At present the Friary functions as the head quarters of Sri Lankan Mission and also as the formation house.