Church of the Ascension, Matara
Church of the Ascension, Matara
Date of Consecration
1936 - 12 - 05
Galle Archdeaconry
The Archdeacon of Galle
Assistant Curate
Revd. Surain Fernando

The Anglican Church at Matara claims a period of over a century of its Ministry in the South which began with the consecration of St. Thomas’ Church at Nupe, Matara housed in an old Gothic structure which is no more. With the help of energetic and devoted priests such as the late Rev. W.N. Guerney the Church went from strength to strength and the congregation increased tremendously which necessitated a change in size and location.

The establishment of the Churches at Tangalle and Hambantota along with schools such as Christ Church, College, Tangalle helped the educational and evangelistic work undertaken by the Church, and the Denepitiya Medical Mission which celebrated the 69th year of service last year (started work in 1916) is a living monument of the service rendered by the Anglican Mission to the sick and the needy of the community. In order to replace the Old St. Thomas’ Church at Nupe, Matara which no longer could accommodate the expanding congregation at that time, the present Church, namely the Church of the Ascension, Matara was built with the assistance of the congregation spearheaded by the late Rev. J.C. Clive Perera, the Vicar and the Church Wardens at that time and it was consecrated by the Rt. Rev. Mark Carpenter Garnier, the Lord Bishop of Colombo on 5 December 1936.

Name From To Remarks
Rev. J. C. C. Perera 1931 1946 Consecrated on 05th December 1936
Rev. L. L. P Arulpragasam 1946 1955  
Rev. Ravnerl Pereira 1956 1962  
Rev. Alick Dias Abeysinghe 1963 1964  
Rev. Titus Refuge 1964 1970  
Rev. John Daniel 1971 1979  
Rev. Ashley Perera 1980 1983  
Rev. Suresh Dias Bandaranayake 1984 1988  
Rev. Patrick Pereira 1989 1992  
Rev. Keerthisiri Fernando 1993 1995  
Rev. Sirimal de Silva 1996    
Rev. E. D. Cyril 1997 1998  
Rev. Dushyantha Rodrigo 1999 2001  
Rev. H. S. Jayawardana 2002 2003  
Rev. Niroshan de Mel 2004 2007  
Rev. Sunil Shantha Gunatilaka 2008 2011  
Rev. L. S. Ridgeway Gunawardana 2012 todate  

Contact Details

Postal Address
Church of the Ascension, Matara
0914 380 766

bishop of colombo rt revd dushantha rodrigo


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