Festivities to mark Canon Louis Thomas’ centenary took place on 9th July at Nazareth House in Finchley, as Cardinal Vincent, Bishop John Sherrington, Sr Clement Doran, priests from the diocese, friends and former parishioners joined in to wish Canon Louis a happy birthday.
Ordained in 1943, Canon Louis served in several parishes, including St Agnes in Cricklewood, both Chelsea parishes of Holy Redeemer and St Mary’s Cadogan Street, St Mary Moorfields in the City, St Mary and St Joseph in Poplar, but his longest association has been with St Philip the Apostle in Finchley, where he served as Parish Priest from 1964 to 1993. In addition to his parish ministry, Canon Louis also served as hospital chaplain at St Luke’s in Chelsea, St George’s in Hyde Park, St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City, and Finchley Memorial Hospital. He was appointed a Canon of the Metropolitan Chapter in 1987. He retired in 2001 and now lives in Nazareth House, not far from the parish he served for nearly three decades.