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Thomas Cardinal Cooray was Sri Lankan archbishop. Named Assistant Pontifical Throne, Holy Father Pope Pius XII, Rome, 1954. Pres, Roman Catholic Bishops Conference, Sri Lanka; planner National Basilica/Sanctuary Our Lady Lanka, 1948—1975; member Sacred Congregations Propaganda Fide & Oriental Churches, 1965—1970.

Background

Cooray, Thomas Cardinal was born on December 28, 1901 in Negombo, Sri Lanka. Son of Jayalath Aratchige Jacob and Marguerita (Silva) Cooray.

Education

Bachelor, University London, 1924. Degree in Philosophy, St. Bernard's Seminary, Colombo, 1926. Doctor of Philosophy, Academy St. Thomas, Rome, 1928.

Doctor of Philosophy in Division, Angelicum University, Rome, 1931.

Career

Ordained priest Roman Catholic Church, 1929, archbishop, 1946, cardinal, 1965. Professor botany St. Joseph's College, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1931—1937. Warden Roman Catholic Undergrads Hostel, 1932—1937.

Supervisor Oblate Seminary, 1937—1946. Co-adjutor Archbishop Colombo, 1946—1947. Archbishop Colombo, 1947—1976.

Archbishop emeritus, since 1976. Founder Aquinas University College Higher Education, 1954, National Seminary Ecclesiastical Studies Sri Lanka, 1955, Catholic Radio Center, 1970. Member ante preparation council Vatican Council.

Member Pontifical Commission Revision of Canon Law, 1968—1983. Founder, member Federation Asian Bishops Conferences, 1970—1976.

Membership

Pres, Roman Catholic Bishops Conference, Sri Lanka. Planner National Basilica/Sanctuary Our Lady Lanka, 1948—1975. Member Sacred Congregations Propaganda Fide & Oriental Churches, 1965—1970.

Connections

father:
Jayalath Aratchige Jacob Cooray

mother:
Marguerita (Silva) Cooray