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Bishop Warnakulasurya Wadumestrige Devasritha Valence Mendis
Bishop  Valence Mendis
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Bishop Warnakulasurya Wadumestrige Devasritha Valence Mendis
Bishop's House,
873 Peradeniya Rd.,
Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka

Phone: (081)222.79.95
Fax :(081)222.79.95
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Warnakulasuriya Devsritha Valence Mendis was born on May 21, 1958, at Koralawella in Moratuwa. He was ordained a priest on July 20, 1985 at St. Joseph's church, Wennappuwa. He was consecrated as Co-Adjutor Bishop of Chilaw on April 02, 2005. Bishop Valence Mendis completed the M. A. at the university of Peradeniya and became the visiting lecturer in the department of Philosophy. He speaks Italian, German, Latin, English, Sinhala and Tamil. He was the first director of the national seminary philosophate. Bishop Valence Mendis is the chairman of the National commission for education, Bible apostolate, catechetics. Chairman of the National commission for Migrants, refugees, health. Chairman of the national commission for ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue of the catholic bishops' conference of Sri Lanka.

On 9 October 2021, Pope Francis named him bishop of Kandy.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Joseph Vianney Fernando (17 Mar 1983 Appointed - 9 Oct 2021 Retired)
  • Bishop Appasinghe Paul Perera (1973 – 1983)
  • Bishop Leo Nanayakkara, O.S.B (1959 – 1972)
  • Bishop Bernardo Regno, O.S.B (1936 – 1958)
  • Bishop Bede Beekmeyer, O.S.B (1912 – 1935)
  • Bishop Clemente Pagnani O.S.B (1883 – 1911)

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