Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Fr. Lawrence moved to Toronto, Canada with his family at the age of 7. He is one of 10 kids and grew up playing sports, helped as an altar server at his home parish, and as a teen, played with his brothers in a rock band. As a young adult, he first encountered God’s personal love for him while attending a retreat hosted by the Companions of the Cross in the Spring of 2001. Later that year, he sensed an invitation from Jesus during mass with the words: “Dare to be a priest like me.” After completing his university studies in 2004, he joined the Companions of the Cross formation program to discern his vocation. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 2012.
Fr. Lawrence was assigned as associate pastor of St. Maurice in 2017.