Feast day: July 3rd
When did St. Thomas live: 1st century AD
According to the bible, St. Thomas was a Jew who had become one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. Thomas questioned Jesus' resurrection and later made a confession of faith after having seen and touched Jesus's wounds. It is said that after the death of Jesus, he travelled as far as India and along the way preached the Good News to there Persians and Medes. He was eventually martyred on the 21st of December 72 A.D. His relicts are nowadays in the Italian region Abruzzo.
Patronage: St. Thomas is the patron saint of architects and builders, of India, the Saint Thomas Christians and the Atheist converts
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. Thomas the Apostle - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Thomas is shown as apostle with beard, books and a spear (means of martyrdom)