Fr Shammi Perera VG Admin - Diocesan Consultor

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Hobart, TAS 7000

Fr Shammi Nilantha Perera is a Sri Lankan born priest and is currently the Administrator of St. Mary’s Cathedral Hobart.

Fr Shammi Perera born in Colombo, Sri Lanka is the son of Elizabeth (Manel) and the late Eric Perera. Fr Shammi received his primary education at Benedict’s College in Kotahena, Colombo and joined at the age of 13 to St Aloysius’ minor seminary (diocesan minor seminary for the Colombo Archdiocese) where he completed his secondary education. In year 1997, he entered the Daham Sevana Intermediate Seminary, Mt Eden, Kalutara for eight months. The same year he entered the Our Lady of Lanka Major Seminary, Kandy, the hill Capital of the country.

Years following, he acquired Bachelor of Philosophy and Bachelor of Sacred Theology degrees from the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome. Upon completion of priestly formation at Our Lady of Lanka Seminary in Kandy, as a layperson he was employed as an executive in a private bank and a textile company. Similarly, he was engaged in the education field for five years teaching history and geography in two secondary International Schools and lecturing in humanities in a local university. It was during this time; he obtained Bachelor of Science degree in Teaching Technology from the Skimm Manipal University, India and completed a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics from the Kelaniya University, Sri Lanka

Fr. Shammi, who was a student of Corpus Christi College in Melbourne, studied briefly at the Catholic Theological College in Melbourne and was ordained a priest on 8th Dec. 2012 for the Archdiocese of Hobart by Most Rev. Adrian Doyle DD. His first appointment after priestly ordination was as the Assistant Priest of St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish in Hobart and since May 2013, he has been closely ministering to the refugees and asylum seekers in Tasmania. In this ministry, he offered material, emotional and spiritual support and care to the refugee children at the Pontville Place of Detention before it was closed. Consequently, he was appointed as the chaplain for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the Archdiocese of Hobart in 2015.

Recently, he completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care and Human Mobility at Scalabrini International Migration Institute affiliated to Urbaniana University in Rome. In his spare time, Fr Shammi likes to play basketball, watch classic movies and read historical and patristic literature.

His motto is “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14).