College Chaplains

The College is pleased to have Fr Jude Pirotta mssp, Parish Priest of St James the Apostle Hoppers Crossing North, Fr Vincent John CMI, Parish Priest of St Peter the Apostle Hoppers Crossing, and Fr Albert Yogarjah, Parish Priest of St Andrews Parish Werribee, appointed as our College Chaplains by Archbishop Denis Hart.

 
Fr Jude M. Pirotta mssp

Fr Jude M. Pirotta mssp was born in Yallourn, rural Victoria in 1956, the eighth child of a family of eleven. He studied at St Vincent’s Primary School, Morewell, and St Paul’s Secondary Catholic College, Traralgon.

He joined the Paulist Missionaries at the age of 18, completed his training for the priesthood at Catholic Theological College, Clayton, and was ordained on 31 March 1984.

He has served as an Assistant Priest at the Parishes of St Bernadette’s, North Sunshine and St Michael’s, Traralgon, where he was heavily involved in youth ministry. He was also administrator at the Paulist Retreat Centre in Wantirna, and between 1998 and 2004 was Parish Priest of Our Lady of Victories, Horsley Park NSW.

Fr Jude did Clinical Pastoral Education at the Austin Hospital, Heidelberg for twelve months then he began supervisory training at Instep, Mulgrave. In 2005 Fr Jude began his ministry at St James the Apostle Parish, Hoppers Crossing North.

He is a one-eyed Collingwood supporter, enjoys movies, horse riding and swimming. 

 

Fr Vincent John CMI
Fr Vincent John was born in Kerala, India, from a practicing Catholic family as the 6th child of seven children. He belongs to Carmelite of Mary Immaculate (CMI) Congregation and was ordained to the priesthood in India on December 26 2000. Fr Vincent came to the Archdiocese of Melbourne in February 2008 and since then, has served as an Assistant Parish Priest of Saint Francis De Sales at Oak Park, St Francis Xavier at Frankston, Saint Kevins at Hampton Park, Holy Redeemer at Surrey Hills and as Parish Priest of Saint Agnes at Highett. Fr Vincent is currently serving at St Peter Apostle Mission Parish Hoppers Crossing.

 

Fr Albert Yogarajah

Fr. Albert Yogarajah was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka as the seventh and last child to devoted Catholic parents on 16th November 1955. 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.

 

The Permanent Diaconate was restored in the Church by the Second Vatican Council. The Church has three levels of the Sacrament of Holy Orders, Bishop, Priest and Deacon. For over a thousand years, those who were to be ordained priests were ordained deacons for only a few months. The Permanent Diaconate was restored by the Council and was made open to married men.

Deacons have a particular ministry which includes assisting the priest at Mass, proclaiming the Gospel and preaching. They are able to celebrate baptisms, witness marriages and preside at funerals. Many deacons are also appointed by the Bishop to serve in particular ministries such as school chaplaincies. There are currently seven deacons serving in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.