St. Anthony’s College in Kandy is one of the most prestigious Catholic schools in Sri Lanka. The government-assisted private school, which has a rich history of over 150 years, belongs to the Order of St. Benedict of the Sylvestrian Congregation (OSB). Its management is under the Provincial Council of Central Province, one of the nine provinces of Sri Lanka. Among several eminent personalities that have passed through the portals of St. Anthony's College, are William Gopallawa, the first President of Sri Lanka, and legendary cricket spin bowler, Muttiah Muralitharan.
Well to talk about St Anthony's College is Fr. Clement Gnanaprakasam, the Rector of St. Benedict’s College, Kandy, a private school that the Sylvestrian Benedictines started some ten years ago. Fr. Gnanaprakasam was recently in Rome on a visit, during which he spoke to us about St. Benedict’s as well as St. Anthony’s Colleges. He began by giving us a background to the presence of the Sylvestrian Benedictine Congregation in Sri Lanka.