The Selvakanda quasi-parish, administered by the Claretian Missionaries since February 2020 was made an autonomous parish on the 20th of February 2022. The declaration was made by the bishop of Galle the Most Rev. Dr. Raymond Wickramasinghe. The official name of the parish is “Our Lady of Madhu Parish, Enselwatte” or simply “Enselwatte Parish”. It covers 120 families spread in 13 places.
Fr. J.M.J. Jeyaseelan, CMF, Major Superior of St. Joseph Vaz Independent Delegation, Fr. Charles Hewawasam, Vicar General of Galle Diocese, and a number of priests and religious from Galle attended the ceremony. The faithful of the new parish and neighboring parishes and representatives from the estate management attended this grace-filled event which included the Holy Mass, during which 21 children received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Fr. S.X. Ravikanth was given the appointment by the bishop as the parish priest of the newly-erected parish, which is the 17th parish of the diocese of Galle. Fr. S.Jesuthasan is the assistant parish priest in addition to his ministry as a teacher.
Enselwatte Parish becomes the 5th parish currently pastored and administered by the Claretians. We have four other parishes in the dioceses of Badulla, Batticaloa, Jaffna, and Mannar.