Erected as the Diocese of Mannar, separating from the Diocese of Jaffna in 1981, this Diocese is Saffragan to the Archdiocese of Colombo.


  • Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Fernando

Diocesan Director of Education

  • Rev. Fr. C. Anthonighas Dalima

Notable Schools

Name Year Location Age
St. Xavier’s College 1870 Mannar 150


  • Most Rev. Dr. Thomas Savundranayagam, Bishop of Mannr from 1981 – 1992
  • Most Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph, Bishop of Mannar from 1992 – 2016
  • Most Rev. Dr. Kingsley Swampillai, Apostolic Administrator of Mannar from 2016 – 2017
  • Most rev. Dr. Fidelis Emmanuel Fernando, Bishop of Mannar from 2017 –