Fr. Albert Yogarajah - Parish Priest
Fr. Albert Yogarajah was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka as the seventh and last child to devoted Catholic parents on 16th November 1955. Due to the strong faith upbringing, five siblings chose married life as their vocation, while one daughter and Albert chose religious life as their vocation. After having his priestly education in Kandy, Sri Lanka, he was ordained a Priest on 2nd August 1982. After ministering in the war torn Jaffna Diocese for seven years, he went to London and was blessed to work in a Parish under Cardinal Basil Hume. Fr. Albert came to Australia in June 1990 and since then has been ministering in various Parishes in the Melbourne Archdiocese. He was Assistant Priest at St. Mary’s Parish in Thornbury, St. John’s Parish in Heidelberg and at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Mill Park. In 2001 he was made Administrator of St. Andrew’s Parish in South Clayton, after a few months became Parish Priest and ministered there for ten years. In 2010, he was asked by the Archbishop to become the Parish Priest of St. Kevin’s Hampton Park. He is now appointed as the Parish Priest of St. Andrew’s Parish, Werribee. St. Andrew’s seems to be chasing him once again after eight years. Each Parish has been a unique experience for Fr. Albert, spiritually rich and strengthening in faith. He has learnt a lot from his people in the Parish, more so than in the Seminary. He is grateful to all his former Parish Priests, Assistant Priests, staff members both in the Parish and the schools and above all the people for continually supporting him in many ways and helping him to grow as a minister of Christ. Fr. Albert has heard a lot of good things about St. Andrew’s Parish which is his new family. He is sure that he will feel at home to continue his ministry among its members. So trusting in God’s grace and the support from parishioners, he is looking forward to walk and work with St. Andrew’s Parish, Werribee in the vineyard of the Lord.
Fr. Anil Mascarenhas - Assistant Priest
Fr. Anil was born and raised as the eldest of four siblings in a devout Catholic family in the State of Karnataka in India. The desire to pursue his vocation to the priesthood has been from his early childhood. He was deeply influenced by many priests and religious from his extended family, who set an excellent example by their committed lives and their selfless services. During his university days he had an opportunity to spend time in a Jesuit mission camp, witnessing the Jesuit missionary work among poor and downtrodden people that made him think more seriously about his vocation to the priesthood. He was convinced that through his positive response to this call, he could serve God and his neighbours in the best possible way. Fr. Anil holds a Bachelor degree in Economics, a Post Graduation Diploma in Human Resources and a Masters in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work. He joined the Seminary in Mumbai where he completed his Philosophy studies. In 2012, he accepted an invitation from Bishop Prowse to a spirit-filled international youth retreat in India. This again ignited him to be a missionary and Archbishop Denis Hart accepted him to the Archdiocese of Melbourne. He continued his Priestly Formation in Corpus Christi College Seminary and has completed his Bachelors in Theology and Masters in Theology from Melbourne University of Divinity. Fr. Anil spent a pastoral year in 2014 at St Monica’s Parish in Moonee Ponds, and a year as a Deacon from 2016 to 2017 at Queen of Peace Parish in Laverton. He was ordained a Priest of Jesus Christ by Archbishop Hart at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on 9th September 2017 and was appointed as an Assistant Priest at our St. Andrew’s Parish in Werribee. Fr. Anil expresses his deep gratitude for every blessing in his journey and the opportunity to serve God and His people as His humble servant in His vineyard. As Fr. Anil begins his priestly ministry he humbly requests your prayers, to work tirelessly in this St. Andrew’s family as a true instrument of God in bringing people toward God and for the extension of His Kingdom.