A ceremony was held at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Kurunegala to express profound appreciation for the remarkable episcopal tenure of Rt. Rev. Keerthisiri Fernando, who retired after serving as the esteemed Bishop of Kurunegala Diocese from 2018 to 2022. The event was attended by the current Bishop, Rt. Rev. Nishantha Fernando, along with numerous priests from various parishes of the diocese, and cherished family members of Rev. Keerthisiri Fernando.
The ceremony, which gathered a number of priests from the diocese, was a testament to the deep respect and admiration the former bishop had earned during his tenure.
Rev. Keerthisiri Fernando's four-year tenure as the Bishop of Kurunegala Diocese was marked by numerous initiatives and projects aimed at fostering spiritual growth, social welfare, and educational advancement within the community. His leadership was characterized by a profound sense of compassion and a desire to uplift the lives of the people he served.
"I express my sincere gratitude to Rt. Rev. Nishantha Fernando and the others for this remarkable ceremony" said Rev. Keerthisiri Fernando.
The ceremony was also attended by members of Rev. Keerthisiri Fernando's family, who stood by him throughout his journey as a bishop, providing unwavering support and encouragement.
As the ceremony concluded, the prevailing sentiment among the attendees was that Rev. Keerthisiri Fernando's legacy would continue to inspire and guide the diocese for years to come. The occasion served as a reminder of the profound impact a compassionate and dedicated leader can have on the lives of those they serve.
As the diocese bids farewell to one beloved bishop, they warmly welcome another, as Bishop Rt. Rev. Nishantha Fernando continues to lead the faithful on their spiritual journey, following in the footsteps of his esteemed predecessor, Rev. Keerthisiri Fernando.