National Catechetical, Educational and Biblical Centre

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Official name National Catechetical, Educational and Biblical Centre.
Country / Continent Sri Lanka / Asia
Director of the institute Very Rev. Piyal Janaka Fernando.
Legal holder of the institute Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka.
Sponsor of the institute Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka.
Year of foundation 9th January 1965.
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) 10 members paid.
Staff members of your institute Director is a priest. Two nuns (Sinhala and Tamil), two gentle men and six ladies (Unmarried).
Contact Lankarama 19,

Balcombe Place, Colombo 8

Sri Lanka


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Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

National Catechetical, Educational and Biblical Centre.

Director of the institute

Very Rev. Piyal Janaka Fernando.

Legal holder of the institute

Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka.

Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka.

Vision / mission statement

Show the way to bear witness to Christ, to the Christians to our land.

Main areas of work

To take main decision with regard to Catechetical, Bible, Study and Education for the benefit of the whole Island of Sri Lanka.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

Children, Youth and Adults.

Year of foundation

9th January 1965.

Organisational structure of the institute

Bishop – Chairman, National Director, Commission – Diocesan Directors.

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

10 members paid.

Staff members of your institute[2]

Director is a priest. Two nuns (Sinhala and Tamil), two gentle men and six ladies (Unmarried).

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

All have the required knowledge of religious knowledge.

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

To co-ordinate the work of the Catechetical, biblical and Educational apostulate with the other Dioceses in Sri Lanka.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

Pastoral focus area of our institute is the whole of Sri Lanka consisting of 11 Dioceses.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

To guide the children, youth, adults and all those who come in contact with us to bear witness to Christ in their day to day life.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

For students both it is Sinhala and Tamil media who do the Government examinations such as G.C.E. O/L and G.C.E. A/L we conduct seminars and provide extra books and lessons for them.

For Catechists our centre conducts 3 examinations in different levels, Catechists examination 1, Catechists examination 2, Catechists examination 3. We provide all the text books and other books necessary and conduct seminars etc. Bible apostolate is also included in this programme.

We conduct postal study courses for students living far away and who cannot attain a Catholic education in government schools.

Writing the text books for Grade 6, 7 ,8 ,9, 10, 11.

Setting question papers for government exams such as G.C.E. O/L and G.C.E. A/L Sinhala, Tamil and English,

Distribution of religious books.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

We have initiated a government exam for those who have passed the G.C.E.O/L exam form 2009.

What does this mean for the areas of catechesis, deaconry and liturgy?

Each Diocese has Catechetical directors for supervision and guidance of the parish priests.

What notion of God inspires your work?

God is our Father who loves us.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

Along with Catechetics and bible apostolate we try to instill in the children, youth and adults with spirituality by deepening their faith in God.

What processes do you use or develop to analyse reality? How are these elaborated and how are they linked to pastoral care? How do you pass these processes on?

We in Diocesan and deanery level. In that way we are able to approach people at the grass root level.

What prophetic approaches does the institute put into practice with a view to shaping society?

By publishing and sale of books on Christian spirituality, virtues and lives of saints etc.

What does the work of the institute involve exactly? (Framework conditions? Publications? Courses? Lectures? Congress?...)

Coordination of religious education.

What magazines, periodicals, books, manuals, work aids, methodological instructions etc. does your institute publish?

We publish a magazine called “Dhama Maga”, A/L – O/L Guide Books, Teacher Guides, Past papers, Visual Aids.

What do you consider to be the most important service of your institute?

Catechetical work.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

Once in three month we evaluate our programmes.

What are the most important developments that you are dealing with at present?

Catechetical apostolate – Catechetical exams to update their knowledge.

What are the main difficulties your institute is confronted with in its work?

Financial difficulties running the institute.

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

Lack of finances to conduct programmer on parish level.

What hopes, dreams and visions do you have for your institute?

To be equipped with the means to go to grass root level. (We require a vehicles & a multimedia projector).

To what extent does your institute support laypeople in the Church and in society?

Through catechetic we reach out to people.

How do you communicate your experiences and results to the respective local church, to neighbouring local churches and to other addressees (e.g. institutions affiliated to you)?

By participating in regional level meetings.

To what extent does cooperation with the Bishops’ Conference of your country or with your diocese take place?

We are under the supervision of the Bishops’ Conference.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

Our national centre is linked with diocesan centres.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

International organization for religious education (OEIC), FABC (Asia).

What kind of interreligious cooperation does take place with non-Christian religions?

We have close contact with the clergy of other faiths.

What kind of ecumenical cooperation does take place with non-Catholic churches?

We work hand in hand with other main line churches through Bible Society.

Which theological mergers/associations are you affiliated with (personally or as an institute)?

Catholic Bible Federation, Asia and OEIC.

How can we assist you with your intercontinental exchanges and with exchanges between the continents?

By considering our needs and projects and by financial support for our programmes.




  1. It would be interesting to know among other things whether course participants are active at parish, diocesan or supra-diocesan level and whether courses are attended by priests, religious or laypeople.
  2. It would be interesting to know among other things whether the staff members of the institute are priests, religious or laypeople.