Fr. Thomas was born in a small village in Mysore, Karnataka State, South India. He grew up in a rural area in the diocese of Mysore. He is one of seven children; he has four sisters and two brothers and he is the baby off the family. After graduating from high school, he entered the Seminary to begin studies for the priesthood. He studied Philosophy and Theology at St. Peter’s Pontifical Major Seminary in Bangalore, South India. Fr. Thomas was ordained for the diocese of Mysore on May 4, 1998. After his Ordination he served the diocese in a variety of ministerial capacities. Associate Pastor, Pastor, Chaplain of the High School, Principal of Pre-University College and Principal of Bachelor Degree College. He earned the degrees of Master of Commerce (M. Com.), Master of Education (M. Ed.), and a doctorate in Philosophy (Ph. D.) on Tribal Christians.
April 25th, 2017, he came to Canada to serve the Diocese of Victoria. From May 1st, 2017 to January 2019, he provided pastoral and outreach ministry to the First Nations Bands on the Saanich Peninsula Parish. From March 2019 to May 2020, Fr. Thomas was the Hospital Chaplain for the Diocese in the Capital Region of Victoria. From June through August 2020, he was at St. Peter’s Parish in Nanaimo. Finally, before coming to our parish, from August 2020 through March 2021, he served as an Associate Pastor for St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Victoria.
Fr. Thomas enjoys ministering to God’s people as a pastor. He is passionate about bringing people together in faith, administering the Sacraments and proclaiming the word of God.
He would like express his sincere gratitude to all those who provided assistance during Holy Week. Mary and Ron McClelland on Palm Sunday, Nancy and Peter Horsfield on Good Friday, and Phyllida Drummond on Easter Sunday; As well as all those who have helped him to settle in, including parishioners, members of our Maintenance Committee and Parish Pastoral Council. Thank you.