by W.T.A. Leslie Fernando
Rt. Rev. Dr. W.L.A. Don Peter, the well known Catholic priest, educationist, historian, writer, poet, author, journalist and patriot turns 90 in the journey of life on September 25, 2005. He is the foremost Catholic scholar living in Sri Lanka today.
Fr. Welgama Lekam Appuhamilage Don Peter was born on September 25, 1916 at Kondegammulla, Katana. After a brilliant academic career at Maris Stella College, Negombo - the cradle of many a Catholic priest, he entered St. Aloysius Seminary in 1935. He later had his education at St. Joseph's College, Colombo and priestly formation at St. Bernard Seminary. He was ordained a priest on March 25, 1941 by Dr. J.M. Masson, the then Archbishop of Colombo.
From 1941 to 1946, he served as an assistant parish priest at St. Mary's Church, Grand Street - Negombo and then St. Thomas Church, Kotte. In 1946, Fr. Don Peter was appointed to the staff of St. Joseph's College, Colombo. He also functioned as the prefect of boarders, prefect of studies and prefect of discipline at St. Joseph's.
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