Newsletter of the District
- Sep 2001
of the SSPX Mission in Sri Lanka
19. Fr Patrice Laroche, the SSPX Asian explorer, opened the
Sri Lankan mission of the SSPX.
various SSPX priests, Fathers Fellay, Schmidberger, Simonot, and
a few others stopped on occasion in Sri Lanka on their way to or
from India (where the first SSPX priory was opened in 1986).
with the opening of the priory in the Philippines, and due to difficulties
in obtaining Indian visas, the Colombo Mission was attached to the
Philippine priory. This was unfortunate because while the flight
Colombo—Manila takes at least 8-9 hours as there are no direct flight,
Colombo—Trivandrum (South India)on the other hand, takes only one
hour! The regular priest visiting the mission was at that time
Fr. Roland de Merode, followed by Fr. Rostand.
15. The St Francis Xavier Mission was officially opened
with two resident priests, Frs. Arnaud Rostand and Luc Davodeau.
Farewell photo for Sri Lankas First SSPX
Prior, Fr. Arnaud Rostand.
To his left, Fr. Luc Davodeau, his successor, July 1998.
With the opening
of the priory, the Sri Lankan Mission was assigned the care of the
missions in Singapore and Malaysia in an increasing frequency (from
twice a month to every Sunday).
Over the years,
4 young Singhalese men have tried their vocation, as brothers or
has had a fairly good apostolate in the Sri Lankan newspapers, with
regular large articles (sometime half a page long).
retreats have been given and a little Montessori school has been
opened on the premises of the priory, which has (in 2001) 45 pupils
between 3 and 5 years old.
A regular apostolate
was performed for about 6 months in a local hospital but which had
to be stopped when the local chaplain began to be active.
The SSPX faithful of Sri Lanka on a historical
to the tombs of the first Archbishops of Colombo, last August 26.
They are seen here at the Cathedral of Colombo.
A regular monthly Mass began in Colombo with 40-60 people in attendance.
Since the opening
of the priory, besides the founding two priests, various priests
have been assigned to the mission: Fathers Egli, Vachon, Loschi,
Loschi, the 3rd Prior
In May 2001,
due to difficulties in the apostolate, to the need of reorganizing
the priests, and to the opening of the Singapore priory (which needed
a third priest), Bishop Fellay decided to temporarily close the
priory, although maintaining the mission as a Mass Center with masses
two Sundays per month.
photo for Fr Loschi, May 21, 2001