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Thomas Savundaranayagam

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Native name  தோமசு சௌந்தரநாயகம்
Successor  Justin Gnanapragasam
Church  Roman Catholic Church
Installed  6 July 1992
Term ended  October 13, 2015
Name  Thomas Savundaranayagam

Thomas Savundaranayagam
Other posts  Bishop of Mannar (1981-92)
Born  13 July 1938 (age 77) Kayts, Ceylon (1938-07-13)
Alma mater  Pontifical Urban University
Province  Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Colombo

Predecessor  Bastiampillai Deogupillai

Right Reverend Emmanuel Thomas Savundaranayagam (Tamil: இம்மானுவேல் தோமசு சௌந்தரநாயகம்; born 13 July 1938) is a Sri Lanka Tamil priest and former Roman Catholic Bishop of Jaffna.


Early life and family

Savundaranayagam was born on 13 July 1938 in Kayts on the island of Velanaitivu in northern Ceylon. He was educated at St. Anthony's College, Kayts and St. Patrick's College, Jaffna. He then studied at St. Martin's Seminary, Jaffna and National Seminary, Ampitiya (1957-64). Savundaranayagam has a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree from the Pontifical Urbaniana University and a Diploma in Catechetics.


Savundaranayagam was ordained as a priest in December 1963. In January 1981 he was appointed Bishop of Mannar and was ordained as a bishop in July 1981 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu. He became Bishop of Jaffna in July 1992. He retired in October 2015.

Savundaranayagam is a strong activist for Tamil rights in Sri Lanka and humanitarian efforts in what is sometimes called "Tamil Eelam". He had called for international intervention to stop the Sri Lankan conflict.


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