The Sri Lanka Cursillo Movement
50 Years of Cursillo (1964 - 2014)


Rev. Fr. Theophane Wickramaratne Memorial Day in Kandy

The Chaplain, President and Members of the Kandy Diocesan Secretariat (KDS) of the Cursillo Movement in Sri Lanka organized the “Rev. Fr. Theophane Wickramaratne Memorial Day” on Friday 15th April, 2016. The event was held at the Sylvestro-Benedictine Monastery, Monte Fano, Ampitiya, Kandy where it all began 52 years ago, with the First Cursillo being concluded on January 16th 1964 at this same Monastery.

The day began with a Welcome Address by Bro. A.S. Francis, President, KDS, followed by an address by its Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Michael Sandanam. Thereafter Rt. Rev. Dr. Cletus Perera OSB, Bishop of Badulla, together with Rev. Fr. Shavendra Silva – Prior OSB Congregation in Sri Lanka, National Cursillo Chaplain Rev. Fr. Tony Martyn, Chaplain KDS – Rev. Fr. Michael Sandanam and Rev. Fr. Ignatius Varnakulasingham concelebrated the Memorial Mass, this year being the 24th Death Anniversary of our Counselor Director, Rev. Fr. Theophane Wickramaratne.

His Lordship in his inspiring homily drew our attention to some of the characteristics he had observed in the life of Fr. Theophane during the many years of his association with him since being a Novice at the Monastery while Fr. Theophane was the Prior. He had come to know him as a Man of Faith, a Man of God and a Man of Prayer. Moreover, a Man who served God in spite of being ridiculed and laughed at by many, making Christ known to those around him. Along with the manifold pastoral duties his love for the Cursillo was well known, and this gathering is indeed a manifestation of his dedication towards the Cursillo Movement and the faith he exercised steering it through hard times.

Following the celebration of Holy Mass, Ms. Crescentia Corera shared some insights on the Shepherding Role of Rev. Fr. Theophane. This sharing no doubt took those who had associated with our dear Father down memory lane, while helping many new Cursillistas to come to know of his background and his love and dedication to the Church and the Cursillo Movement.

The days programme concluded with fellowship lunch and a visit to the graveyard of our dear Counselor Director. We gathered together in prayer and thanksgiving to God for his life and works.

Nearly Fifty Cursillistas and their families participated from the Kandy Diocese. The KDS was very much appreciative of the many Cursillistas numbering around 65 who travelled from Colombo to participate in this eventful day and to share their sentiments.

Below are photographs that captured some of the highlights.