His "golden jubilee" as a priest celebrated this days pastor i.R. Ewald thoma in kirchaich. He worked in the dankenfeld-kirchaich parish for 37 years and is still the "parish priest in rueite" there today. Many congratulations were given to him on the occasion of a festive service.
Thoma was born on 3. Born in munich on august 1939 and had learned the secular profession of a surveyor. He then studied theology and was ordained in 1970 in st. Kunigund ordained priest in bamberg. From november 1970 he took over the chaplaincy in memmelsdorf with lichteneiche and finally became pastor of dankenfeld and kirchaich in september 1983.
He had already begun to build up youth work in his new parish in 1985 – and spent his birthday at the parish camp for decades. He started the camp and accompanied it until his old age, as well as the skiing camps of the parish youth. He was also closely connected with the DJK kirchaich, whose spiritual advisor he was for decades.
He was also active far beyond the boundaries of the parish, especially in the adult education of the archdiocese of bamberg with lectures, retreats and days of reflection. A special commitment took place in senegal, where almost 1,000 children were given the opportunity to attend school and complete an education thanks to the school partnership he founded. Thoma and his former housekeeper cacilia kager set up this project and made sure that the money goes directly to the kids.
In the past years, thoma was also the parish administrator of priesendorf with neuhausen and trabelsdorf as well as the branch of lembach and the pastor of the rural people in the archdiocese of bamberg.
Due to his achievements as a pastor in the parishes as well as in the municipality of oberaurach with his youth work and care for the elderly, but also his construction activities such as the new kindergarten in kirchaich, the municipality of oberaurach named him its honorary citizen in 2017.
On the occasion of the 50th. Numerous guests came to thank thoma for his work over the years. Mayor thomas sechser conveyed the congratulations of the community and expressed special thanks to the mayor. He also included the greetings of mayor matthias krapp (priesendorf), mayor michael ziegler (eltmann), and 2. Mayor norbert reichel (lisberg) with a.
Clubs and associations surprised the jubilarian with a presentation of pictures, with which they showed the work of their spiritual leader.
Thoma celebrated his 81st birthday yesterday. The company celebrates its 50th birthday and operates as a "retirement priest" continues his priestly service in the parishes of dankenfeld- kirchaich and priesendorf as well as in lembach.