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The arid district of Mannar, dotted with umbrella of thorn and baobab trees, lies in the northwest of the country. Mannar Island is Sri Lanka's largest, covering 130 sq kms and has one of the oldest ports in the country. The island is connected to the main land by a 3 km long causeway. Mannar has a well preserved fort originally built by the Portuguese in 1560 and later improved by the Dutch.

An important religious center Tirukketishvaram Hindu Temple lies on the coast of the mainland, north of the causeway to Mannar Island. Sight seeing includes  for the naturalists the baobab trees, introduced from Africa centuries ago by Arab traders are especially impressive. The Madhu Sanctuary, which is situated 40 km west of the town of Vavuniya to the north of the main road to Mannar, plays a major role for wild life lovers / naturalists.

DIOCESE

 MANNAR

Present Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph

Diocesan Director

 Rev. Fr. Reginald Francis 

Area

 3900 km

No. of Catholics

 81,829

No. of Parishes

 28

No. of Churches

 

No. of Diocesan Priests

 47

No. of Religious Priests

 06

No. of Rev. Sisters

 122

No. of Convents

 

No.of Junior Seminarians

 42

No. of Shrines

 04

No. of Elder's Homes

 02

No. of Children's Homes

 19

Name of 1st Bishop

Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Savundaranayagam

Name of 2nd Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph

Name of 3rd Bishop

 

Name of 4th Bishop

 

Name of 5th Bishop

 

Name of 6th Bishop

 

 

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