2024 January 14

Bishop Rt. Rev. Nishantha Fernando's Uplifting Visits

In a series of heartwarming events, Bishop Rt. Rev. Nishantha Fernando graced the Holy Emmanuel Church in Hanguranketha with his presence on the 7th of January 2024. Welcomed warmly by the dedicated priest in charge, Rev. Kumarage Lishni Dilanka Nandaweera, and the entire church community, Bishop Fernando actively participated in the church service. His visit extended beyond the walls of the sanctuary, as he spent precious moments connecting with both the younger and elder members of the congregation.

Highlighting the significance of his roots, the Bishop's journey continued with a momentous Felicitation at St. Mark's Church in Dandugama, within the Colombo Diocese, on the 14th of January 2024. This event carried special weight as the Bishop himself hails from this parish, evoking a sense of pride among the community and their devoted priest in charge.

The grand Felicitation ceremony unfolded with a warm welcome extended by the church community, reflecting their collective pride in having a bishop of their own ascend to such a prestigious position in another diocese. The Bishop, in turn, participated wholeheartedly in the service and engaged closely with the community, cementing the strong bond between Dandugama and their esteemed Bishop.

Worth noting is the historical significance of the Dandugama parish, which has witnessed a substantial number of priests dedicating their lives to the Church of Ceylon. This rich legacy adds to the tapestry of the Church's history and further exemplifies the profound connection between Bishop Rt. Rev. Nishantha Fernando and his cherished hometown parish.

The visitation by Bishop Rt. Rev. Nishantha Fernando has left an indelible mark on the hearts of the congregants at both Holy Emmanuel Church and St. Mark's Church. It serves as a testament to the unity and strength that the Church of Ceylon fosters across dioceses, celebrating the shared roots and collective achievements of its devoted clergy.