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. Jossy Kizhakkethalackal - Assistant Priest
I was born in Kerala, India to Kuriakose and Thressiamma. I am the 4th among six children including 4 boys and 2 girls. After successfully completing my University studies at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, I had been working with the Peerless Finance and Insurance Co. Ltd. and conducting private mathematic tuition classes for school and university students and teaching catechism in my home parish. Simultaneously I also studied laity theology course and secured a diploma in theology from Marthoma Vidya Nikethan.
On 20th June 1997, I joined Mary Matha minor seminary. After one year of minor seminary formation, I went to St. Pius College (Major Seminary in Mumbai) to complete my Philosophy and Theology and obtained a pontifical degree in theology from St. Peter’s College Bangalore (affiliated to Pontifical Urbaniana University Rome)
After my Seminary Studies I went back to Kerala to work with my cousin brother Fr. Emmanuel Kizhakkethalackal to establish and administrate Zion Public School, Swaraj, Kerala.
In 2006, I went to Agra and worked with the marginalized in Aligarh and Jaith villages in the Archdiocese of Agra and served as Vice Principal at St. Michael’s School Anup Nagar.
In 2008, I came back to Zion Public School Swaraj and worked there till 16th December 2008.
I came to Melbourne on 18th December 2008. After living 7 weeks in St. Joseph’s Parish Chelsea, I joined Corpus Christi College, Carlton for the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
I was ordained a deacon on 24th April 2010 and served as a deacon in St. Monica’s Parish Moonee Ponds and St. Thomas the Apostle’s Parish North Greensborough.
I was ordained a priest on 11th September 2010 and served as assistant priest in St. Antony’s church Noble Park, St. Joseph’s Parish Chelsea, St. Francis of Assisi Parish Mill Park, Our Lady’s Parish Craigieburn, St. Kevin’s Church Hampton Park, St. Peter’s Church Clayton and Greater Box Hill Parish. I am looking forward to serve in this wonderful parish of St. Andrew’s with the help of God and your support.