Seminarian in Theology
Become a Priest
I first heard my call to the priesthood with the Companions of the Cross 5 years ago, and since then, God has given me a burning love for the vision of renewal in the church and the priesthood instilled in our founder Fr. Bob. After finishing my undergraduate degree in Computer Science at Ryerson University in Toronto, I answered the call to the priesthood and joined the Companions in August 2020.
I have 4 more years of formation before ordination, and for that I need your assistance. The Companions depend on God through the generosity of lay people to meet our financial needs, especially for our seminarian formation program. Your donations would cover the cost of our education, lodging, food, transportation and ministry. We ask you to prayerfully consider supporting us seminarians as we journey towards ordinations. May God bless you and your family, and take care of all your needs!
I was born in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. I moved to Scarborough, Ontario when I was 10 with my family and have lived there since then. I have one older brother, Eran, who is also a seminarian with the Companions.
When you were a child, what did you dream of becoming when you grew up?
As a child, I was fascinated by video games, computers, and technology. So I pursued Computer Science throughout high-school and continued to pursue it in Ryerson University as my major, and completed my undergraduate degree in 2020.
What are your special interests?
In my free time, I love to play board games and play guitar.
Who, or what, inspires you?
I am inspired by the apostles and evangelists of the church spread throughout the centuries. For example, when I look at St. Paul’s accounts of evangelizing, and enduring persecution, I am edified and strengthened. The Holy Spirit that gave him the strength to carry out the evangelization in his day is the same one that is available and waiting for us now. He is waiting for us to give Him permission to move in and through us.
What led you to join the Companions of the Cross? Could you briefly explain your vocations story?
During my 2nd year of university, I found myself having achieved many of my academic goals, and yet feeling more lost and empty than ever. Until then, I was convinced that the purpose of my life was to attained worldly success. But in a moment of clarity, I knew that as long as I pursued my own plans for my life instead of God’s plans for my life, I will always have the same empty feeling.
That is when I started to take discernment of God’s will for my life seriously. I prayed Fr. Bob Bedard’s “Dangerous Prayer”. I said to the Lord, “I give you permission to do whatever you want to with my life”. From that moment on, the Lord started to guide me and open doors for me.
First, the Lord gave me a job at my parish as a pastoral assistant and sacristan. It allowed me to be closely involved in my local church and to come to see what a good, holy priest looks like. Then the Lord gave me the opportunity to be involved in praise and worship ministries in prayer groups and grow in the Charismatic aspect of my spiritual life.
When I started to sense a call to the priesthood, I was drawn to the Companions from the beginning. The Companion priests’ docility to the Holy Spirit and their zeal for evangelization through their parish lives and ministries were unmistakable. They also personified many of the qualities I thought a good, holy priest should have.
Once I had done a come-and-see retreat at one of their formation houses, I felt a profound peace continuing my discernment of the priesthood and the Companions. That led me to becoming a Companions seminarian in August 2020.