Bishop Cletus Chandrasiri Perera O.S.B.
Bishop Cletus Chandrasiri Perera O.S.B was born on Sept. 6, 1947 in Seeduwa, in the archdiocese of Colombo. His parents are Joseph Eliot Perera and Kovilage Roslyn Silva. He has a brother elder to him and a sister and a brother younger to him. He was ordained a priest on Aug. 4, 1973 and was ordained Bishop of Ratnapura on July 11, 2007 in the Basilica of the 12 Apostles in Rome. He was installed as the third bishop of Ratnapura on July 28 in Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Ratnapura.
Bishop Perera studied in Rome 1978-81 and obtained a Licentiate in Sacred Liturgy from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Anselmo. He also served as the diocesan youth coordinator, the parish priest of St. Anthony's Cathedral, Kandy from 1992 to 1998. In 1984, he was appointed parish priest of Wahacotte in the central diocese of Kandy, where he later served as vicar general for eight years. As a priest, he worked on justice and peace issues and was director of the diocesan pastoral center, and general manager of Catholic private schools. He was the diocesan director of the Legion of Mary as well and was the Conventual Prior of the Order of St. Benedict (OSB) in Sri Lanka from 2002 till he was ordained. He has served Kandy diocese as the general manager of the Catholic private schools from 1992 and was holding this post at the time of his nomination as Bishop of Ratnapura. Bishop Perera is chairman of the Catholic National Commission for Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenism and the Commission for Missionary Activity of Sri Lankan Bishops' Conference.
Bishop Cletus Chandrasiri Perera O.S.B.
Diocese of Ratnapura Sri Lanka.
Convocation Ceremony of the Course on Life Education at Hemingford
Retreat for Sunday school Teachers
First Seminar for the Advanced Level Students in Sinhala and Tamil Medium
one day workshop for the Sunday school teachers of Ratnapura, Kahawatta, Doloswala and Galaboda Parishes
6th to 8th of April: Second Seminar for the Advanced Level Students in Sinhala and Tamil Medium
One day workshop for the Sunday school teachers of Kegalle, Mahena, and Uthuwankanda Parishes
Written and drawing competitions base on Bible Knowledge
Beginning of Holiday for Sunday school Children for the first term
Opening of the Sunday school for the second term
4th to 6th of May: Seminar for the Sunday school Prefects in Tamil and Sinhala medium
18th to 20th of May: Third Seminar for the Advanced Level Students in Sinhala and Tamil Medium
Oral, debate and drama competitions base on Bible knowledge
1st to 3rd of June: Fourth Seminar for the Advanced Level Students in Sinhala and Tamil Medium
One day workshop for the Sunday school teachers of Buluthota, Rakwana and Embilipitia Parishes
One day workshop for the Sunday school teachers of Dehiowita, Maliboda and Gurugalla
One day workshop for the Sunday school teachers of Ruwanwella, Yatiyanthota and Bulathkohupitiya
6th to 7th of July: Seminar for Sunday school Teachers Exam I, II, III
13th to 15th of July: Fifth Seminar for the Advanced Level Students in Sinhala and Tamil Medium
15th of July: Last day to submit application form of Sunday School teachers
21st of July: One day workshop for the Sunday school teachers of Dehigahapitiya Parish
27th of July: One day workshop for the Sunday school teachers of Kudagama, Rabukkana and Hewadiwela Parishes
29th of July: Sunday school Exam for the Second Term
30th of July: National Bible Competitions
5th of August: Beginning of Sunday school holidays for the Second term
5th to 10th of August: Residential program for Sunday school teachers and nursery teachers at Buluthota in Tamil Medium
10th to 12th of August: First Seminar for the Ordinary Level Students in Tamil Medium
24th to 26th of August: Second Seminar for the Ordinary Level Students in Tamil Medium
31st of August to 1st of September: Seminar for Sunday school Teachers Exam I, II, III