Fr. Terrence de Silva

I am Fr. Terrence de Silva. I was born and brought up in Sri Lanka. During my schooling, I was an altar boy in my home parish, and was an active member and held several positions in the “Young Christian Society.” (My mother was the main person who led me and encouraged me for such work.) When I was in the seventh grade I wanted to be a priest, but my parents told me to complete the studies first. After I finished my high school, I received the same answer since I was selected to the university. I studied for bachelor’s degree (special) in mathematics in the University of Colombo. Then I worked as a Mathematics Instructor in the same University for one year. Then I studied for Master’s Degree in Industrial Mathematics.

Then I received an opportunity to go Kuwait for a job. After I went to Kuwait, I found that there wasn’t a Sri Lankan priest for the Sri Lankan Catholics. This was the time I began to contribute my knowledge, abilities, and time to help the Church. I am proud and very humbled by the contribution I made to the Sri Lankans in so many ways including the conversion of twenty ­four people (including one family), visiting houses in the month of May every year with Mother Mary’s statue, taking the leadership in organizing anniversaries, Christmas Variety Shows, and food festivals, and confidential charity work. I initialized Sinhalese language class for the Sri Lankan children in Kuwait.

I was the president of the Sri Lankan Catholic Guild. I, being an Extra­Ordinary Minister for the Holy Eucharist, gave my contribution to the Holy Family Cathedral, Kuwait. I was the first Sri Lankan member of the Bishop’s Pastoral Council in the Vicariate of Kuwait who represented the Sri Lankan Catholic community in Kuwait. I held that position until I left Kuwait in 2010 to register in the Diocese of Lexington and enter in the St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology for the formation of priesthood. There, I went through the journey to the priesthood under the four­ pillars: human, intellectual, spiritual, and pastoral. Now I am a priest, serving God and the people of God.