Vicar lauded for 40 years of service to church

(From second left), Tommy, Archbishop Pakiam, Cardinal Fernandez, Rev Thomas and Charles (seventh from left) at the appreciation dinner.

AN APPRECIATION dinner was held to celebrate, honour and recognise the 40 years of service rendered by Rev Dr Thomas Philips, the vicar of Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malaysia.

Rev Thomas also served as Council of Churches Malaysia president and Christian Federation in Malaysia vice-president.

He was also Malaysian Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism & Taoism president and was appointed by the Government to the National Committee for Promoting Religious Understan-ding.

Rev Thomas often led panel and round table discussions with leaders of different faiths, encouraging interfaith dialogues in Malaysia.

The dinner at a restaurant in Klang was also attended by Roman Catholic Cardinal and Archbishop Emeritus of Kuala Lumpur Anthony Soter Fernandez, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur Archbishop Emeritus Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam, Attorney General Tommy Thomas, Rev Balan Moses from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malaysia, Klang MP Charles Santiago, Christian Federation of Malaysia executive secretary Tan Kong Beng as well as family, friends and members of the church.

Bishop Abraham Mar Paulos of the Mar Thoma Church as well as church members Dr Thomas Varughese and Dr Mathews Thomas expressed their appreciation to Rev Thomas for his service to the church and community during the event.

Rev Thomas also has the distinction of having served in every Mar Thoma Church parish in Malaysia as well as Mar Thoma parishes in London and Melbourne.

A short video presentation highlighting his service was also shown during the event.

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