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. Dong Tran - Assistant Priest
Fr. Dong Tran was born in Nam Dinh, Vietnam on 1st January 1982, the youngest of six children, 3 sons and 3 daughters. He was born and raised in a very religious Catholic family in Nam Dinh, Vietnam. Fr. Dong completed his two Bachelors in Vietnam. He stayed with his local Parish Priest for 3 years and then he took the exam to enter the Seminary of the Major Archdiocese of Hanoi in 2005 and he had a scholarship one year after.
In 2007, Kiet Ngo Quang, his Archbishop, who sent him to Melbourne, Australia to be commented studying for Hanoi, Vietnam. He studied at Corpus Christi Seminary in Carlton from 2008 – 2014 and he finished his degrees. However, after 7 years of training in the Corpus Christi Seminary in Australia he decided to transfer to the Archdiocese of Melbourne forever. Archbishop Denis Hart ordained him a deacon on Saturday 13th September 2014 at St. Patrick Cathedral, East Melbourne.He was immediately appointed to Queen of Peace Church, Laverton. He worked here full time as a deacon. On Saturday12th September 2015, Archbishop Denis Hart ordained him a priest in St. Patrick Cathedral. He was appointed as Assistant Priest at St. Mary’s Parish, Greensborough for 3 years. In 2018, he was Assistant Priest of St. Kevin’s Hampton Park for 2 years. He is now appointed as Assistant Priest at our St. Andrew’s Parish, Werribee.
Fr. Dong believes that God has chosen and ordained him to serve His people. He felt so blessed to live in different parishes and gained more pastoral experiences. Fr. Dong would like to ask you kindly to continue keeping him in your daily prayers as he begins his priestly ministry in our parish, and also be assured of his continuing prayers for you and your loved ones always.