Instigating and upholding catholic faith, values and ethics in students have a profound rootage in the
culture of St. Joseph’s College. As a premier catholic school in Sri Lanka, it has been so since its
founding in 1896 by most Rev. Dr. Christopher Earnest Bonjean. With the school staff lead by seven
priests, St. Joseph's College has undertaken the mission to foster sincere human values in its students, helping them pave a path towards a close-knit bond with God.
A marked facet that holds great significance in the school curriculum and other activities is its
prominence in the liturgical constituent. There are numerous things which voice our expression of
catholic faith in school. Following are a few of such liturgies celebrated annually in school,
Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion
Sacrament of confirmation
College Feast / Feast of St. Joseph
Christmas Midnight Mass
All Saints’ Day
All Souls’ Day
Celebration of Holy Mass on College Day, Rectors Day, Teacher's Day, Children's Day and other special occasions
Furthermore, the Holy Eucharist is celebrated twice every day, at 7.00 a.m. before starting of school hours
and at 10.30 a.m. during the interval, to which a great many teachers and students participate. A Holy
Mass with all the students taking part is held on the first day of commencement of a new term. Other such liturgies include; a special prayer service for the new grade one students and their parents on their first
official day of school; retreat for the confirmands; Marian novenas in the month of May; benediction
service on every first Friday of a month and for the students sitting for Scholarship, Ordinary level and
Advanced level examinations. Due to this religious exposure and diversity inside the school as well,
students learn to appreciate the catholic culture and tradition whilst respecting the traditions of all faiths.
As a catholic school, we encourage students to explore deeper into their faith, braking through the
superficial barrier, and we strive to provide a virtuous and just experience to our students in order for
them to consciously live in their Catholic faith and become closer to God Almighty.