St Thomas Preschool
St. Thomas Preschool is named after St. Thomas the Apostle, the Apostle of India. The church that St. Thomas established in India in the first century A.D. is the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.
The church adjacent to the school, that owns and manages the school, is a parish of the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago, a Diocese established to serve the community of Catholics from India who belong to this church established by St. Thomas.
The St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is an Oriental Catholic Church of the Eastern Rite that is in full communion with the Church of Rome, thus having allegiance to the Pope. The church’s firm loyalty, unconquerable faith, innate spirituality, and rich traditions make it extremely alive, having survived continuously for two millennia, the only church in the Communion of Catholic Churches still named after the apostle who established it.
The St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is renowned in India for its apostolate of education. The church owns and manages about 4,000 schools, and 200 colleges in India, staffed by religious and lay persons. Arguably, the foundation of learning and the quality of education in these institutions have contributed quite significantly to the development of India as a leader among nations in higher education.
The St. Thomas Preschool is owned and managed by members of the community of Syro-Malabar Catholics in the Bay Area who come together to worship at the church in Milpitas. The community consists of highly educated professionals in technology, healthcare, and business, who are generously giving their time and talent to establish an institution of learning that will follow the heritage of their Mother Church in India.