Society of the Missionaries of St. Thomas, a
registered charitable society formed in 1994 having its
social activities based in Attappady an undeveloped
tribal region in Palakkad District of Kerala, India.
Our exclusive motive is service to humanity
especially the tribals who live in utter misery and to
labor for the salvation of the poorest of the poor,
.those who are below the poverty line, without any
discrimination of caste or faith. Committed to express
the love taught and practiced by our Lord Jesus Christ,
we move forward to love the unattended down trodden and
do all that is possible to give them a better living
atmosphere. Humble was our beginning, in a single
thatched shed in the mountainous region with limited
resources. But courage instilled by faith in an all
powerful God we moved on and continue to move
visionaries do have an inner calling and they act
accordingly and reach higher realms. His holiness
Baselios Marthoma Didymas I, Catholicos of East and
Malankara Metropolitan is such a visionary, who rose to
heights of glory by his austere and prayerful life. When
the world sleeps, he is on kneels to crave and yearn for
all especially for the people whom God has put under his
direct care and protection. His meticulous life style and sagacious
actions are acclaimed world over.
Rev. Fr. M.D.
John and Rev.Fr. S.Paul were his most devoted disciples
both of them considered it as their privilege to have
got a deep rooted place in their Guru’s mind and strived
hard to accomplish their most revered spiritual Father’s
dream. Attappady Ashram is the outcome of
To bridge out the wide gap between the
project in the paper and the actual accomplishment in
the field, is really an uphill task-Recalls Rev. Fr.
M.D. John, who is the present Director of the Ashram.
But for the providence of God, they could not have
obtained the mental and spiritual strength to overcome
the obstacles. God carried him through out the days of
Adventurous were the days for
Rev.Fr. S.Paul at Attappady. a life in a dingy thatched
shed that has only bamboo mats on all four sides, that
too in the midst of almost a forest area. Yet, Rev.Fr.
S.Paul & Rev. Fr. John. braved all dangers sharing
their shed, anticipating attacks of wild animals and
poisonous reptiles any minute. In the dim light of
candle, they would share a scanty meal at night after
the day’s hard labour; thanking God for providing that
itself in the midst of odds. God the Almighty kept both
of them in his safe palm. Their consistent work paid off
and a footing for missionary and charity works was made.
And these two souls one in Christ shared all the scorns
hurled at them from far and near.
Today after twelve years, since its inception in
1994, they modestly say that God did everything and they were only tools
in his hands. St. Thomas Ashram runs many institutions
like the Balabhavan, Snehabhavan, the Mission Hospital,
A school etc.
We knew adversity always present
opportunities. We signed an unlettered working
partnership with Christ- our savior so that there could
be clarity of thought in selfless action where there
could be no chance of confusion, failure or Melancholy.
And our prayer is always “O Lord, Keep our lamp burning”