Election of the Regional Councilor for Asia-Oceania

On Tuesday, 4 October 2022, the 37th General Chapter of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate elected Fr. Eugene Benedict, O.M.I. as the General Councilor for the Asia-Oceania Region for a term of six years.

The election took place at the Centro Ad Gentes in Nemi, Italy.

Curriculum Vitae

Fr. Eugene Benedict, O.M.I., was born on 29 October 1970 in Mutur, Sri Lanka.

He professed his First Vows as a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate on 8 September 1993, and was ordained a priest on 5 May 1998.

Following Priestly Ordination, Fr. Benedict was a member of the Preaching Band (1998-1999).  He was then asked to serve in the Mission of Pakistan (1999-2001).  He served in Parish Ministry from 2001 to 2007.  From 2007 to 2009, he was asked to be the Director of the Jesuit Relief Service.  In 2009, he began to pursue a Licentiate in Moral Theology in Rome.  In 2011, upon completing his Licentiate he became Pastor of a Parish in Lunugala, Sri Lanka. From 2019 to 2020, he was named Superior of the “Amalaudayam” Oblate Community in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. Since 2020, he has served as Provincial of the Province of Jaffna.