On 15th April, 1869, Rev. Sr. Mary Anucita Marandi, Sr. Mary Suzanne Cardiff, Sr. Euphstie Joseph and Sr. Mary Sacred Heart Masi arrived in Sri Lanka consequent to a request made in 1867 by the then Bishop of Colombo, His Lordship Hilarion Sillani to Mother Mary of St. Euphrasia Pelletier (now St. Mary Euphrasia), to set up a school of the Good Shepherd order. The Rev. Sisters had been given a grand welcome which was followed by a Thanksgiving service.
On 1st May 1869, the school began functioning with just 8 students and the first Superior of the Convent, Sr. Mary of the Seven Dolours Joly taking over the task of leading the School as Principal.
One of the priorities of the Good Shepherd Sisters had been to pursue the construction of a Chapel. Consequently the site was blessed on 21st June 1869 and the construction was left in the able and artistic hands of Fr. Stanislaus Tabarrani, who was then regarded as a world icon in par with popular characters such as Michael Angelo. During the 1870s' the school had around 100 day scholars. The construction of a two-storey building, to house an orphanage began on 21st June 1869, guided by Bishop Sillani.
Good Shepherd Convent was established 140 years ago on Colombo’s highest point, like a light set on a towering hill.
It was the Benedictine Italian Archbishop of Colombo, Rt. Rev. Sillani, who initiated the first Catholic Convent, yet it drew upon the efforts of a French Saint Mother Euphrasia to plant the seed which has now become a mighty tree through whose portals thousands of girls have passed through.
1869 – 1872 – Mother Mary of Seven Dolores Joly
1872 – 1876 – Mother Mary of John the Evangelist Dodsworth.
1876 – 1882 –Mother Mary of Ignatius Lalor
1882 – 1893 –Mother Mary of Rosalie Cleary
1894 – 1895 –Mother Mary of Armedi Kennedy
1895 – 1901 – Mother Mary of Veronica Curram
1901 – 1911 – Mother Mary of Winifrid Crotty
1911 – 1921 – Mother Mary of Prosper Walsh
1921 – 1924 – Mother Mary of Francis Borgia Collection
1924 – 1928– Mother Mary of Prosper Walsh
1928 – 1932– Mother Immaculate conception Houghes On 10th March 1932, She became the Provincial Superior of Ceylon.
1933 – 1936– Mother Mary of John the Evangelist Mc Carthy.
1936 – 1940– Mother Mary of Gerard Connorton.
1941 – 1946– Mother Mary of Isidore Conroy
1947 – 1948– Mother Mary of Paul of the Cross Williams
1948 – 1955– Mother Mary of St. Canice Kinsella
1956 – 1961– Sr. Mary of Isidore Conroy
1962 – 1965– Sr. Mary of St. Canice Kinsella
1966 – 1972– Sr. Mary of St.Sabine Crooz
1973 – 1984– Sr. Mary Agnes de Sampayo
1985 – 1990– Sr. Mary Rohini Mendis
1991 – 1994– Sr. Mary Lynnette Perera
2000 – 2002– Sr. Mary Rohini Mendis
2002 – 2010– Sr. Gertrude Vithanage