Birth: Fr.Thomas was born as fourth child to Thiru Anthonysamy and Tmy.Theresa on 11th December 1950 at Durasamypuram in Trichy.
Education: He had his primary school education in Ponnaiah School at his native place. From 1960 – 1966 staying at St.Agnes Minor Seminary he continued his high school studies in St.Joseph’s High school, Manjakuppam,Cuddalore.
He studied Latin in the Minor Seminary for two Years from 1966 – 1986
Priestly Formation: From 1968 to 1976 he studied Philosophy& Theology and had his priestly formation at St.Peter’s Pontifical Seminary Bangalore.
He learnt to play accordion during his leisure time. He underwent practical training at Sacred Heart Church during 1974.
He was ordained as Priest at Cuddalore in 1976. He worked as assistant parish priest at St.Joseph’s Industrial School, Cuddalore, and also in Neyveli and Mugaiyur Parishes till 1978
Technical studies: Staying at St.Thomas Mount, Chennai he had his two years studies in govt recognised institution from 1979 – 1981
Cuddalore Industrial School 1981 – 1988: He took charge as Manager of St.Joseph’s Industrial School. Through his untiring hard work he set an example to hundreds of students for their progress in Life
Headmaster & Parish Priest.
He was the parish priest of Anilady near Gingee as well as the headmaster of Sacred Heart High School from 1989 to 1992. He also acted as parish priest of Panikankuppam for 8 months.
1992 – 1996: He was the Parish Priest of Presentation church, Neyveli for 5 years. He went around nook and corner of the entire parish to meet the needs of the Parishioners.
1997 – 2003: He was the Parish priest of Assumption church, Nellitope for 7 years. The Sesquicentennial Celebration of the Church and the Silver Jubilee of his priestly ordination were celebrated in a grand scale. The Postal cover of the church of Assumption was released. His Sermons were uploaded on Internet through www.arulosai.org
2003 – 2005: He was the Parish priest of the Immaculate conception cathedral Pondicherry. The entire cathedral was renovated by his untiring efforts. The direction of an altar for the Tabernacle in the center of the church is noteworthy. The Legion of Mary of all the dioceses of the entire Tamilnadu was upgraded as SENATUS in Pondicherry, and he is the Spiritual Director till date.
From the Cathedral he was transferred to the Sacred Heart Church. From a sleeping and gloomy Church slowly it emerged to a BASILICA in his seven years tenure of a Parish Priest.
As a bride is adorned with jewels, the church was embellished from each nook and corner, with chandeliers and vases, sacred vessels and vestments, ciboriums and chalices, nay even a very big monstrance.
The Church was gradually geared up for the centenary celebration which was unforgettable to all those who thronged to the Sacred Heart Church. A postal cover for the beginning of the centenary, and a postal stamp and special cover at its culmination made the function memorable. The CBCI – President, His Excellency Cardinal Toppo was the Chief guest of the glorious centenary. It was His Eminence blessing to start the grand work for the Basilica was the first step.
When at a time four Churches made the representation to Rome SACRED HEART CHURCH was elevated to Basilica by HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI – by his signature on 24-06-2011.
It is 20th basilica in India.
6th basilica in Tamilnadu.
1st basilica in Pondicherry.
The Other three on the waiting list are
1) Oriyur: St.Britto’s Church / Shrine
2) Bangalore: Infant Jesus Church
3) Mysore: St Philomina’s Cathedreal
In this time besides all these pastoral work , evangelization had its culmination of starting a TV of Catholic nature (www.anbolitv.org) on the net, Cable TV Network and partly in the Satellite (UFX CHANNEL)
ADIEU BASILICA: Now to Mother Mary of health (Arokia Madha) from Sacred Heart Basilica to Ariyankuppam from 06-06-2012. Again started from the scratch to set up for the liturgy and TV Evangelization work. Amidst lot of opposition and rivalry and jealousy the Lord directs the mission in His own because it is HIS BUSINESS.