The first Claretian student from Sri Lanka to return to Sri Lanka and to get ordained to a priest was Alfred M. Kirupananthan CMF. On 10 May 1991 he was ordained as a priest at Wellawatte by His Lordship Rt. Rev.Dr. Oswald Gomis, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Colombo. On July 30, 1991 Rex Constantine CMF was ordained priest in Jaffna by Rt. Rev. Dr. B. Deogupillai, Bishop of Jaffna. Fr. Alfred took up the pastoral ministry in the Cathedral Parish of St. Lucia’s, Kotahena in Colombo, while Fr. Rex at St. Xaviers Church, Nuwara Eliya in the Kandy Diocese. Further ordinations to priesthood followed in the subsequent years coming to a close with the ordination of Montfort Francis in 1996 at Claret Nivas of those who were recruited from Jaffna diocese and elsewhere. All the newly ordained priests were sent to parishes to gain pastoral experience.
In 1992 the Province of Chennai was formed and Sri Lankan Mission got separated from the administrative set-up of Indian Provinces and became directly attached to the Province of Germany for further development. Thus the German Provincial Government was directly responsible for the further growth of this Mission.
MS 1 (Cf. CC 2; Dir 26.)