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[APPRECIATIONS - (06-08-2018)]

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Rev. Fr. Ranjith Andradi

Priest with a vision

Rev. Father Ranjith Andradi completed 25 years of service on July 26, this year.

Born on November 6, 1968, in Payagala, he belongs to a family of eight. His father, D. M. J. Andradi, was a devout Catholic. His mother, Lucy Suwaris, is a kindhearted lady. He has six brothers and two sisters. His elder brother Rev. Fr. Kamal Andradi, is a Jesuit priest. Rev. Father Ranjith Andradi is the youngest in the family.

He entered St. Aloysius’s Seminary and was ordained a priest on July 31, 1993. He was appointed an assistant priest in Grand Street, Negombo. He then took over duties as assistant parish priest of St. Mary’s Church, Dehiwala, in 1994. He was appointed primary principal, middle school principal as well as prefect of games at St. Joseph’s College, Colombo 10, in 1996. Under his guidance, the school obtained numerous achievements in academic, sports as well as other extra and co-curricular activities.

In 2005, he went to the United Kingdom and completed a Master’s degree and on his return in 2007, he was reappointed Rector of St. Joseph’s College, Colombo. He served the college with dedication and commitment.

In 2008, he was appointed principal of St. Joseph’s College, Wattala. Rev. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith appointed Rev. Fr. Ranjith Andradi Rector of the college on November 10, 2010. Under his administration, a pleasant school environment was created and he worked hard to improve the image of the school with each passing day.

A modern auditorium, science laboratory, modern computer centre, a chapel devoted to St. Joseph as well as a library, were constructed through his efforts. Two playgrounds for cricket and basketball were also erected during his tenure. It was a result of his excellent vision and foresight as well as administrative capabilities.

In 2014, he was appointed Rector of Loyola College, Negombo and in 2015, Rector of St. Joseph’s College, Negombo.

He devoted his life to uplift the colleges he was attached to. In 2016, he was appointed as Rector of St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa.

He always reminds children the value of education as well as to improve their knowledge of the English language and to maintain good discipline. May God grant him good health, courage and strength to serve the Lord’s vineyard for many more years to come.

Padminie Nanayakkara

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Remembering Prof. Nandasena Ratnapala

We meet and we part
In this journey through sansara
But the meeting or parting does not end with time or years
It is a long stretch of an eventful road
Where milestones matter more than rises or falls
We have travelled together on this hard, endless road
Where milestones matter more than rises or falls
The journey was neither smooth nor full of magical moments alone
But many achievements reached more worth than monuments in gold
Leaving a fragrance that would linger on and unfold
Gifting a memory of a life rich and rare
Now you are gone as you wished on a fateful morn
While family, friends and students remember and mourn
A warm tear drops that none would see or feel
As I ponder about you, while my memory unfolds your sight.

Neetha S. Ratnapala


 

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