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Batticaloa

Batticaloa is situated 314 Km (195 Miles) from Colombo on the east coast. It occupies the central Part of Eastern Sri Lanka and covers a land area of approximately 2633.1 Square Km. The District accounts for 3.8% of the Countries Total Land area.

Batticaloa stands on a long, sandy spit of land pointing northward and separated from the mainland by a large brackish lagoon which extends southward for many kilometres.

The charms of Batticaloa such as the heavenly beaches of Pasikudah and Kalkudah have rarely been molested. Pasikudah is a bay protected from the ocean.

In Batticaloa - You can swim or fight with the waves in the sea all year round. On a few occasions in January and February the lagoon is opened up by the people living on its shores, and excess water streams out to see. With this opening, there is a bustling fishing life, and it is dangerous to swim nearby until it is closed again.

DIOCESE

 Batticaloa

Present Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Bishop Joseph Ponniah

Diocesan Director

 Rev. Fr. Peduru Jeevaraj

Area

 8,397.39 sq. km

No. of Catholics

 64,266

No. of Parishes

 

No. of Churches

 

No. of Diocesan Priests

 47

No. of Religious Priests

 12

No. of Rev. Sisters

 104

No. of Convents

 20

No.of Junior Seminarians

 34

No. of Shrines

 

No. of Elder's Homes

 03

No. of Children's Homes

 16

Name of 1st Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Charles Lavinge SJ

Name of 2nd Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Gaston Robinche SJ

Name of 3rd Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Ignatius Glane SJ

Name of 4th Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. B. Deogupillai (Auxiliary Bishop)

Name of 5th Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. L.R. Anthony

Name of 6th Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Kingsley Swampillai

Name of 7th Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Ponniah

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