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A wonderful celebration of joy, praise andthanksgiving unfolded at St. Mary’s Cathedral Jaffna on, August 06, 2010 as TheRector of St. Patrick’s College, Jaffna,Rev. Fr.Jero M Selvanayagam, celebrated the 25th anniversary of SacerdotalSilver Jubilee. I am very proud and honoured to write these words of achievementsand appreciation about my dear friend and classmate, Rev. Fr. Jero in hispriestly calling.Rev.Fr. Jero, assumed duties as Rector of St. Patrick'sCollege, Jaffnaon 1st January 2008. He had his primary education at St. Anthony’s Kayts andsecondary at St. Patrick's College Jaffna. He entered the University of Jaffnaand graduated in Arts in 1981. Subsequently he obtained a Bachelor's Degree inTheology from Urbania University, Rome,and he was ordained Priest on 06th August 1985.
After four years of Pastoral Ministry in local diocese, he joined the TutorialStaff of St. Patrick's College in 1989 as a Graduate Teacher and the Warden ofthe College hostel. He completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Education withMerit in 1994. He was then appointed the Prefect of Studies of the JuniorSecondary Section in 1991 and in 1993 Senior Secondary Section. Thereafter in1996 he came to London where he successfullycompleted the Master’s Degree in Education Management from the University of London in 1998. On returning to Sri Lanka hewas appointed as the Vice Rector of the College in May 1998.
Fr. Jero was engaged in teaching English in the Senior and Advance LevelSections and later Social Studies in the English Medium Classes. The SportsCouncil and the Scholarship Board of the College too came directly under him atthis time. He was acting as Rector from July 2001 to March 2002. With the view of enhancing the EnglishMedium Students of the College, he organized Special Classes with the help ofthe English Unit of the Department of Education. His enthusiasm in Sports and gamesresulted in great achievement in these fields, many new ground records weresetup. The cricket and football teams were able to go up to the finals invarious tournaments and become Champions.
He is a man of God which was greatly influenced by his Uncle, The Bishop, Rev.Dr. L. R Anthony. In his formative years, this has kept him in good stead inhis priestly ministry. I admire his yeoman services and faithfulness to ourAlma Mater. With his long experience in management and commitment to qualitydevelopment, I am confidently sure that Fr. Jero will be able to pursue TheExcellence in Education Stature to even greater heights.
In spite of all his commitment and heavy schedule he makes it a point to keepin touch with his family and friends and he enjoys life to the full. On thisgreat occasion my family and I will always cherish the Silver Memories Lined with Gold formany years to come.
May the Good Lord Bless you in all your endeavours.
Your proud friend