Diamond Jubilee of St. Mary’s College, Chilaw
St. Mary’s College, Chilaw chalks up 75 years since its inception and
a host of events are planned for September 17, 2008. The Alma Mater was
founded and formed under the mantle of De La Salle Christian Brothers on
September 17, 1933. St. Mary’s College began with a group of three
Christian Brothers of the Order of De La Salle. The school initially was
housed at the Chilaw Catholic Association building.
The first director of the school was Brother Caesar Albert from
France. The names of the other two were Brother J. Joseph from
Czechoslovakia and Brother Bernard, a native of the soil.
Gradually, the school progressed in many respects both academically,
as well as sports. The De La Salle Brothers without fear or favour
continued dauntlessly to impart education and training to both Catholics
and non Catholics in Chilaw and the outskirts.
The De La Salle Brothers are known all over the world as
educationists par excellence who are proficient and talented in
imparting wisdom and knowledge to students, with their unique and
unparalleled methodology and approach.
The executive committee of the Old Boys’ Association has announced a
host of events to celebrate the occasion on a grand scale with the
participation of present students as well as old boys, parents and
The programme for the anniversary has been organised by the Diamond
Jubilee Committee and the day’s programme for September 17 is sponsored
by the Old Boys Association as well as the Colombo Branch Maryanites.
The highlights of the day include the presentation of special awards and
certificates to outstanding students of the school, the ceremonial
blessing and opening of the college pavilion and new gymnasium and the
issue of Jubilee Souvenirs.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Valence Mendis, Bishop of Chilaw and Rt. Rev. Dr. Frank
Marcus Fernando, Bishop Emeritus will concelebrate Holy Mass at Our Lady
of Mount Carmel Cathedral, Chilaw at 7.00 a.m. on September 17
(Wednesday) followed by a procession to the venue at St. Mary’s College
where a meeting will be held with the participating guests, students,
parents and well-wishers.
The present executive committee wishes to thank the well-wishers,
past students and parents for their contributions, co-operation and
assistance extended in diverse ways.
The Diamond Jubilee celebration culminates with a ‘Diamond Jubilee
night - 2008’ to be held at the Shalom beach hotel, Ambakandawila road,
Chilaw on 20th September from 7.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.