Ordination of Father Perera

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Ordination of Father Perera

St Mary’s Cathedral was packed twice at the weekend as the Archdiocese of Hobart celebrated the ordination of its newest and youngest priest.

The ordination on Saturday of Father Shammi Perera by Archbishop Adrian Doyle was the first in Tasmania for 10 years.  Archbishop Doyle was joined for the ordination by around 40 priests, including a number who flew in from interstate especially for the occasion.

Father Perera, 36, was born in Sri Lanka.  His father died when he was a child, but his mother, brother, aunt, sister-in-law and other relatives and friends of the family came to Tasmania for the ordination and were treated to a front-row seat in the Cathedral.

Father Perera, who is multi-lingual, drew another capacity crowd when he celebrated his first English mass in the Cathedral on Sunday morning.  He is returning with his family for a homecoming visit to Sri Lanka, where he will celebrate masses in both Sinhalese (his native tongue) and Tamil.

Father Perera will be back in Tasmania in January to take up his duties, initially in the Cathedral Parish.