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Ordained in 1965   Archbishop Thomas  began his  ministry as a missionary priest in India's promising Northeast region. His greatest contribution to the Church in Northeast has been in the field of education, culture and faith formation. A scholar in History and Anthropology (he has done original works on the tribes of the region), and endowed with vision and insight into events, Archbishop Thomas has been a  catalyst of evangelical strategy and helped to initiate works on new missionary fronts. Ecumenism is another area of his interest.

 

He is widely known and respected for his knowledge and commitment to social work and more particularly for his Peace-building initiatives in the region. He is considered a distinguished religious leader.People in general, specially in India's Northeast region recognize him as an influential public figure because of his laudable peace-building efforts and openness to all.

 

In 1998 Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil won the prestigious Maschio Award (Mumbai) for peace and reconciliation. People fondly call him a Peace Prophet.The last 43  years of his dedicated and selfless service to the people in the Northeast have seen Archbishop Thomas traversing the length and breath of the Northeast India, meeting with people of all walks of life; nothing stopped him—not even difficulties of languages, for he spoke a language of peace and brotherhood, of appreciation and  support, of hope and optimism, breaking down walls  and building bridges of understanding and peace.

 

He  is sought after for various meetings and Theological reflections on Evangelization and Culture and missionary conventions.  His 28 years of  Episcopal ministry  (Dibrugarh  1981-1992; Guwahati 1992-  ) has not been confined  only to his own Archdiocese but has extended to other parts of the country and Asia: as Chairman of the CBCI Commission for Clergy and Religious, Chairman of the CBCI Commission for Proclamation, Special Secretary to the Asian Synod,  and Chairman of the CBCI Commission for Education and Culture. He is also a member in the Post-Synodal Council for Asia; Member of  the Congregation for Divine Worship and  the Discipline of the Sacrament, Rome; Member of the Congregation for Commission Consecrated Life, Rome; and Chairman of  Federation of Asian Bishops Conference (FABC)Commission for Evangelization.  Archbishop Thomas has been a much sought-after speaker, animator, key-note addresser for General Body meetings of the CBCI and CCBI, and many other National gatherings.

 

Archbishop Thomas can accommodate himself to any situation, and the words of St Paul is true of him, “I know both how to live in humble circumstances and how to live in abundance.”

 
 
Early Studies:

St Thomas English High School, Palai

Minor Seminary:

Salesain College, Sonada, Dargeeling, 1951-54

Religious Profession:

Yercaud, Tamil Nadu, May 24, 1955

Theological Studies: Sacred Heart College, Shillong
Ordination: Shillong, May 2, 1965
 
 
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