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Chilaw

Chilaw in early times was not only a reputed sea port it was also famous for its pearl fisheries. According to some writers like Donald Ferguson, Chilaw is connected with the Tamil term 'Salapam' which means diving.

The original inhabitants of Chilaw were descendants of a group of people who came from India on military service. Originally from Northern India from such towns like Kanchipuram, Kaveripattannam and Killakarai they subsequently made their homes in the south. 

According to the 'Mukkara Hatana' it happened during the reign of King Parakrama Bahu VI (1412-1467) the ruling monarch of Kotte. The Mukkuvars from India had landed off the Puttalam coast and were preparing to capture the land. King Parakrama Bahu summoned help from neighbouring India. A battalion of fighting men were sent across to Sri Lanka. Culturally the people of Chilaw have been always active and in the forefront. Chilaw has been the home of the Sinhala Nadagama - the first form of Sinhala drama in Sri Lanka, and the sea board town of Chilaw has kept on forging ahead. The Chilaw people are fortunate to have a beautiful statue of Mother Mary 'Protectress of the town' who stands sentinel warding off all disasters and calamities at the main entrance to the town.

 

DIOCESE

 Chilaw

Present Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Valence Mendis

Diocesan Director

 Rev. Fr. Nishantha J. Perera

Area

 

No. of Catholics

 About 300,000

No. of Parishes

 45

No. of Churches

 245

No. of Diocesan Priests

 78

No. of Religious Priests

 06

No. of Rev. Sisters

 85

No. of Convents

 35

No.of Junior Seminarians

 01

No. of Shrines

04

No. of Elder's Homes

 01

No. of Children's Homes

 06

Name of 1st Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Edmund Peris

Rt. Rev. Dr. Frank Marcus Fernando 

Name of 2nd Bishop

Rt. Rev. Dr. Valence Mendis

Name of 3rd Bishop

 

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Name of 6th Bishop

 

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