The Footsteps of St Thomas – the Christian Church in South India

by Andrew Redpath, Executive Director at Jeevika Trust

Serena Fass who lives in London and takes tours to exotic places in India and the middle-east, served a period as a trustee of Jeevika Trust and has remained a firm friend of Jeevika.

She is an India veteran and a tireless traveller, researcher and scholar, with a particular specialisation in subjects revolving around the life, times and disciples of Jesus – her book The Journey of the Magi published last year received great acclaim from people such as John Julius Norwich. It was one of a planned quartet of books of which the most recent is ‘In the Footsteps of St Thomas’ which offers a dazzling array of highly researched information from many sources, as did The Magi, and in both cases she has personally trodden all the geography she has researched.


We’ve all heard tales about St. Thomas’ presence, and his reported founding of seven Christian churches, in south-east India in the 1st Century AD, and of his eventual ‘martyrdom’ there, but probably never before has this extraordinary mix of myth and history been so comprehensively pulled together, from multiple sources  across multiple geographies, into a single intriguing record. The book, as its two predecessors is a richly illustrated, handsome product: it follows St Thomas’ footsteps (as Serena has personally done) right through Greece, Turkey, Mesopotamia, Persia and into the Indian subcontinent and beyond, with particular emphasis on his reported landing at Muziris on the coast of today’s Kerala and across to the east coast of Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu and Odisha (Orissa) are of course the focal area of Jeevika’s presence and rural development projects in India.  So this is a very special book, with a special link to Jeevika.

This latest book is being launched on Thursday 5th October at St Luke’s Church, Sydney St. London SW3 6NH (6.30 – 8.30) with attendance by the Most Rev’d Abba Seraphim, Metropolitan of Glastonbury.  Please find below an open invitation to attend the launch and the opportunity to purchase the book at £25, either at the launch or by email application to


Serena’s two previous books in this group are:

  • THE CROSS – Meditations and Images (ISBN 978-1-908-531-29-2) with Foreword by HRH the Prince of Wales
  • THE MAGI – their journey & their contemporaries (ISBN 978-1-78352-998-0) with Foreword by HM King Simeon II of Bulgaria

both of which are also available for purchase at £25 on application by email to

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