| Rt Rev. |
|Bishop of Jaffna|
|Native name||தோமசு சௌந்தரநாயகம்|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|Installed||6 July 1992|
|Term ended||13 October 2015|
|Other posts||Bishop of Mannar (1981-92)|
|Born||13 July 1938|
|Alma mater||Pontifical Urbaniana University|
Right Reverend Emmanuel Thomas Savundaranayagam (Tamil : இம்மானுவேல் தோமசு சௌந்தரநாயகம், Sinhalese : තෝමස් සවුන්ද්රනායගම්; born 13 July 1938) is a Sri Lankan Tamil priest and former Roman Catholic Bishop of Jaffna.
Tamil is a Dravidian language predominantly spoken by the Tamil people of India and Sri Lanka, and by the Tamil diaspora, Sri Lankan Moors, Douglas, and Chindians. Tamil is an official language of two countries: Sri Lanka and Singapore and official language of the Indian state Tamil Nadu. It has official status in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry. It is used as one of the languages of education in Malaysia, along with English, Malay and Mandarin. Tamil is spoken by significant minorities in the four other South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India.
Sinhalese, known natively as Sinhala, is the native language of the Sinhalese people, who make up the largest ethnic group in Sri Lanka, numbering about 16 million. Sinhalese is also spoken as a second language by other ethnic groups in Sri Lanka, totalling about four million. It belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European languages. Sinhalese is written using the Sinhalese script, which is one of the Brahmic scripts, a descendant of the ancient Indian Brahmi script closely related to the Kadamba alphabet.
Savundaranayagam was born on 13 July 1938 in Kayts on the island of Velanaitivu in northern Ceylon.He was educated at St. Anthony's College, Kayts and St. Patrick's College, Jaffna. He then studied at St. Martin's Seminary, Jaffna and National Seminary, Ampitiya (1957-64). Savundaranayagam has a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree from the Pontifical Urbaniana University and a Diploma in Catechetics.
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St. Patrick's College (SPC) is a private school in Gurunagar, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. It was founded in 1850 by Roman Catholic missionaries.
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|Catholic Church titles|
|New title|| Bishop of Mannar |
24 January 1981 – 6 July 1992
| Succeeded by|
| Bishop of Jaffna |
6 July 1992 – 13 October 2015
| Succeeded by|