Fr. Dalston Forbes O.M.I. was born in 1926. He graduated in 1947 from the University of Ceylon with a B.A. (First Class Honours) in History, Geography and economics. He was ordained a priest of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate congregation on the 4th of July 1954 and reseived his Licentiate in Philosophy (1951) Licentiate in Theology (1955) and Doctorate in Theology (1958) from the Gregorian University in Rome.