History of the Church

The predecessor to the Church of St Thomas More (STM) - Chapel Kurnia Kristus (CKK) - was born in 1995, to accommodate the growing Catholic community in the township of Subang Jaya.

Prior to its founding, the growing community attended services in nearby churches around Petaling Jaya, such as the Church of St Francis Xavier (SFX), the Church of St Ignatius (SIC), and Church of the Assumption. As the community continued to grow, Fr Larry Tan, SJ, then parish priest of SFX, secured an upper floor shoplot in USJ11 in 1995, for the community to have its own Masses.

Further growth of the community saw another move in 2000 to SS13. Mr O.T. Lim, the brother of Fr O.C. Lim, SJ, generously allowed the community to use the multipurpose hall of the Lim Foo Yong Centre (now UCSI International School) for a very low weekly rental.

The CKK community expanded along with the growing township of Subang Jaya, and it wasn't long before the desire for a permanent place of worship became a goal for the entire community.

After gaining the KL Archdiocese's approval in 2007, then parish priest Fr Simon Yong, SJ and his successor Fr Simon Labrooy conducted the official ground-breaking ceremony on Feb 21, 2009 at the new site in Taman Perindustrian UEP.

In the same year, CKK was elevated to Parish status with the name, "Parish of St Thomas More". Many felt that the perfect name had been chosen, as St Thomas More was a family man with professional integrity, who stood for justice and equality.

The new church building was completed and obtained a Certificate of Completion and Compliance at the end of 2010, and the successful conversion of the use of the building from 'factory' to 'place of worship' on Jan 24, 2011 allowed the church to officially use the name, "Church of St Thomas More".