Pope Francis on Wednesday appointed a new auxiliary bishop to the Archdiocese of Colombo in Sri Lanka. Father J. D. Anthony Jayakody is the new Auxiliary Bishop of Colombo. He takes over from Auxiliary Bishop Vincent Marius Joseph Peiris who has stepped down having reached the canonical retirement age of 75 in 2016.
Fr. J.D. Jayakody, a cleric of Colombo, has been the Episcopal Vicar for priestly formation and rector of St. Mary Vianney Archdiocesan Seminary. With his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop he has been assigned the Titular See of Mulli.
Born on October 2, 1958, in Pamunugama, Fr. Jayakody entered the minor seminary of St. Aloysius in 1975. In 1977 he entered the Intermediate Seminary in Kalutara and the following year began his philosophical studies at the National Seminary of our Lady of Lanka, in Kandy.
After completing his theological studies, he was ordained a priest on July 27, 1985, for Colombo Archdiocese. Since then he has held the following responsibilities:
1985 – 1986 Staff member of the Intermediate Seminary of Kalutara
1986 – 1987 Parish priest of Wewala
1987 – 1990 Staff member of the Intermediate Seminary of Kalutara
1990 – 1991 Parish priest of Pannipitiya
1991 – 1993 Went to Rome, Italy, for higher studies
1993 – 1995 Economer of the National Seminary of Kandy
1995 – 1996 Parish priest of Halpe
1996 – 1998 Parish priest of Welivita
1998 – 2003 Formator at the National Seminary of Kandy
2003 – 2005 Director of the philosophy department of the National Seminary of Kandy
2005 – 2011 Rector of the National Seminary of Kandy
Since 2011 Episcopal Vicar for priestly studies of Colombo Archdiocese and rector of St. Mary Vianney Archdiocesan Seminary for adult vocations.