Nirmala Chapel

The restoration of the Terra Cotta Stations of the Cross, believed to be executed by a pupil of Richard Gabriel, who also crafted the sandalwood figure of the Risen Christ behind the main altar, is imperative due to damage to the inscriptions explaining the stations. Given the specialized nature of the work, ordinary carpenters or masons were deemed unsuitable for the task. After consulting various individuals, Professor Chadrajeewa, known for his work on the bronze crucifix in the chapel, proposed a solution that aligned well with the original concept, and we commissioned him to proceed. Due to budget constraints, our focus is primarily on restoring the most damaged stations.

Our observance of Lent commenced not on Ash Wednesday, but rather on Pancake Tuesday with confessions and a penitential service officiated by Fr. Dilan from the Juniorate, with assistance from Fr. Edward. Utilizing innovative digital techniques, we’ve enhanced the appeal of our Lenten masses and Stations of the Cross. Fr. Victor from St. Peter’s College, having heard about our initiatives, joined us and commended our meaningful contributions. Even on Palm Sunday and Good Friday, we plan to utilize digital resources such as the digital version of Mark’s Gospel and a sung rendition of St. John’s Passion. Professor Marie Perera, former Dean of the Education Faculty, is now a regular attendee of our services and has joined our choir.

Additionally, two bankers have joined our “FONLA” group as advisors, attending meetings and offering valuable insights. They also oversee our self-employment project. However, we’ve encountered challenges with some recipients of our aid, particularly those who received wick-making machines but display laziness and reluctance to work. We intend to address this issue by providing more incentives to those who demonstrate dedication.

During a recent visit, two outgoing Tertian priests from India expressed admiration for the architecture and uniqueness of the “Nirmala” chapel, regretting that it was not included in their previous visits.

The Society of Jesus was founded in 1540 by Saint Ignatius Loyola and his companions. The mission of the Jesuits is a 

mission of justice and reconciliation, working so that women and men can be reconciled with God, with themselves,

 with each other and with God’s creation.