Our Patron - Saint Thomas

​Saint Thomas was one of the original twelve apostles, his name meaning twin. He was believed to have been a Galilean fisherman, similar to Peter, James and John (other apostles). When Jesus called to Thomas, he followed with faith and trust.

One day Jesus received a message telling him that his friend Lazarus was quite ill. The sisters of Lazarus, Mary and Martha asked Jesus to come and cure their brother. The apostles and Jesus knew that this would be a very dangerous trip to Jerusalem, because Jesus had many enemies. At this time, Thomas said that he would journey with Jesus, even to die with or for him.

Following Jesus’ death on the evening of Easter Sunday, the apostles reported that the Lord Jesus had risen and appeared to them. However, Thomas refused to believe them, insisting that he wouldn’t believe, unless, he was able to touch the wounds on Jesus’ hands and side. After seven days, Jesus appeared to the twelve apostles again, but this time Thomas was present.

When Jesus saw him, he called him over and told him to place his hands on his wounds. Afterwards, Thomas felt ashamed because of his disbelief.  Thomas bowed down and sobbed, “My Lord and my God.” Jesus replied, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” (John 20:29)

The events which followed and Thomas’ future are unclear. Tradition states that he travelled to India to preach, hence the Catholic people of India believe that Thomas is their special apostle and patron. He is also the patron of builders, architects, surveyors, the blind, Pakistan and the East Indies.

Saint Thomas pray for us!​