His Excellency Archbishop Joseph Spiteri, the Apostolic Nuncio in Sri Lanka, presided together with His Lordship Bishop Kingsley Swampillai, Bishop of Trincomalee, at the solemn Installation ceremony of Bishop Joseph Ponniah, as the Bishop of the newly established Diocese of Batticaloa, on Sunday the 23rd September 2012, at St. Mary's Cathedral, Batticaloa.
Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI appointed His Lordship Bishop Joseph Ponniah as the First Bishop of the newly erected Diocese of Batticaloa, on 03rd July 2012.
Erected the new Diocese of Batticaloa (area 7,269, population 1,199,966, Catholics 55,225, priests 48, religious 84) Sri Lanka, with territory taken from the diocese of Trincomalee-Batticaloa, making it a suffragan of the metropolitan church of Colombo.
The Archdiocese of Colombo assures continuous prayers for the mission of
His Lordship Bishop Joseph Ponniah, as he takes over the pastoral responsibilities entrusted to him in the newly established Diocese of Batticaloa
and also assistance in every possible way,
to serve the people of God and to bring harmony & solidarity among all communities
and peace & justice in the region !!