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Joseph Sarvananthan

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In office  1995–2001

Name  Joseph Sarvananthan
Joseph Sarvananthan
Church  Anglican Church of Ceylon
See  Anglican Diocese of Colombo
Predecessor  Venerable Dr Donald Kanagaratnam
Successor  Venerable S P Nesakumar
Previous post  Theological College of Lanka, Pilimathalawa

Venerable Joseph Sarvananthan was an Anglican Priest, in the Diocese of Colombo of the Church of Ceylon in Sri Lanka. He was made a Deacon in 1965 and ordained as a priest in 1966.



Known as Fr Sarva or Sarvananthan 'Pothagar', he served in Bandarawela, Chilaw, Jaffna and Colombo. He has been a Chaplain to St. John's College, Jaffna and C.M.S. Ladies' College, Colombo Colombo and Dean of Post Ordination Training. He was the Chairman of the Board of Governors for the CMS schools. He was also the Archdeacon of Jaffna from 1995 to 2001. Finally he served as Priest in charge of Christ Church, Galle Face, before his untimely death after a brief illness.

Father Sarvananthan faithfully served God and the Body of Christ for forty four years.

He had his primary and secondary education at Jaffna College, Vaddukottai, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Degree at Divinity School Colombo, which is affiliated to Serampore College, India. Furthermore, he went to Château De Bossey in Geneva to do his Masters in Theology in 1986.

As a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches, Ven. J Sarvananthan attended the Christian Conference of Asia, which convened in Malaysia in July and August 2004.

Fr Sarva along with his wife Iris was present at the Ordination of his eldest son Sudharshan Sarvananthan at Carlisle Cathedral on June 2008. His son, who finally decided to take Holy Orders following in his father's footsteps, served his Title Post in the Heart of Eden Team Ministry in rural Cumbria, UK.

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    Joseph Sarvananthan Wikipedia

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