Fr. Saji Kumbungal Thomas, CMI was born on December 8, 1975 in Murickassery, India. He is one of eight children of the late Thomas Matthew. Fr. Saji was ordained on December 31, 2005 and is a member of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), the first indigenous congregation founded in India in 1829. Following the example of the Founder of CMI, St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, who was canonized on November 23, 2014 by Pope Francis, Fr. Saji simultaneously serves in the fields of pastoral ministry and education.
Fr. Saji obtained his Masters in Sociology from Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU), Tamil Nadu, India; his Bachelors of Education in English, History and his Bachelors of Arts in English, Sociology, and Psychology from Christ University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India; and his Bachelors of Theology and his Bachelors of Philosophy from Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK) Pontifical Athenaeum in Bangalore, India.
Fr. Saji has served as Associate Pastor, Vice Principal and Principal in Kerala and Bangalore beginning in 2006 until his arrival in the Baker Diocese in May of 2015.
Fr. Saji speaks four languages and enjoys reading, hiking, playing basketball, listening to music, playing pool, and being with people.