St Thomas Mar Thoma Church, Auckland
In January 2005, the then Metropolitan, Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostam approved us as a parish with the name St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, Auckland and Rev. Dr. Varghese Mathai, the vicar of Sydney church, was given the responsibility of leading our parish. He visited Auckland once a quarter to conduct Holy Communion and other services. We also had visiting priests from Melbourne and Singapore.
Our parish was then officially incorporated with the Ministry of Economic Development in New Zealand on 7th of September 2005 and later registered with the Charities Commission New Zealand on 30th June 2008. In the year 2006, our Diocesan Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius Episcopa visited Auckland and he felt the need of a resident vicar for the parish. On seeing the enthusiasm of the parishioners Thirumeni took special interest and this resulted in appointing Rev. Raji Eapen as the first resident vicar of our church.