The death is announced of Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Mannar, Most Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph.
May his Soul Rest in Peace!
Bishop Rayappu Joseph was born on April 16, 1940 in Jaffna.
He was ordained a priest on Dec. 13, 1967, and appointed Bishop of Mannar on July 6, 1992. His episcopal ordination was on Aug. 16, 1992. Bishop Rayappu obtained a doctorate in Canon law at the Pontifical Urban University, Rome/ He was later appointed Professor at St Xavier’s Seminary Jaffna.
He is the vice president of the bishops’ conference in Sri Lanka and chairman for the Catholic National Commission for Laity.
He is fluent in Italian, German and English. Bishop Rayappu works in close collaboration with the Vatican, international Caritas agencies and countries of the European Union to promote peace in Sri Lanka.