“Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Fr Thi Lam
Rev Fr Thi Lam was born on 10 October 1975, in Gia-Kiem, Vietnam, the fifth in a family of five sons and two daughters. Fr Thi was a jeweller before he came to Australia with his family in 1992 and lives in Perth. After he arrived in Australia, he attended the Intensive English Class while he worked as a baker in his family business. In 1998 he entered St Charles’s Seminary in Guildford to study for the priesthood. He graduated with a Bachelor of Theology at Notre Dame University, Fremantle in 2002 and he was ordained priest for Catholic Archdiocese of Perth on 22 August 2003.
His was appointed as an Assistance Priest of Our Lady of Mercy, Girrawheen and school chaplain to Mercy College, Koondoola in 2004. He was appointed as an Assistant Priest of St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth in 2006.
He was recruited to join Australian Defence Force to become a Naval Chaplain in 2008. After completing his naval officer training, he was posted to HMAS Stirling, Rockingham as a Chaplain in 2009. He was posted to HMAS Cerberus in Hastings, Victoria from 2011 – 2013. From 2013 – 2015, he was posted to seagoing on the Australian warships and deployed on a number of occasions including overseas to the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore.
On returning from the deployments, he was posted to serve in Sydney at HMAS Kuttabul for two years, 2015 – 2017. Whilst serving at HMAS Kuttabul, he also had to travel to other defence establishments on the weekend to provide pastoral support and religious sacraments to Catholic sailors and their families in the Jarvis Bay region in New South Wales. During his defence force service he completed a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. He was involved in a range of complexity pastoral issues e.g. family conflict management, emotional support, prolonged physical separation, sudden death, PTSD and moral injury.
In January 2017 Fr Thi decided to transfer to the Naval Reserves, and moved back to Perth as he wished to be closer to his family. He undertook a new appointment by his Bishop as Chaplain to St John of God Murdoch Hospital until recently he got appointed as parish priest of Kwinana parish in successor of Fr Daniel Boyle, 15 September 2020.
Fr Truc Nguyen
Rev Fr. Truc Nguyen was born in Saigon, South Vietnam on 16 January 1967. He is the fourth from a family of eight children. Fr Truc was a Vietnamese’s boat people. He escaped the Vietnamese communist regime and religious freedom persecution in 1989 because his father had served in the South Vietnam Army. He arrived at Malaysia’s refugee camp in October 1989. Fr Truc was granted a refugee status by the UN. He got accepted by Australian government under humanitarian visa program and arrived Perth in 1994.
While Fr Truc was in the refugee’s camp, he received his vocation to become a priest. After arriving in Australia, he attended the Intensive English Language course whilst working at the same time to establish himself into a new country for about five years. He entered St Charles seminary in Guilford to study for the priesthood in 1999. He studied Philosophy and Theology at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle and at St. Charles Seminary, Guildford.
In 2001 Fr Truc decided to transfer to Houston, Texas’ seminary as he wished to be closer to his sister and relatives in the United States America. He was ordained as a Deacon for Archdiocese of Huston, Texas, in 2011.
After serving the deaconate in Archdiocese of Houston for about over year. He was invited to come back to Australia to serve his old Archdiocese of Perth in 2013. He was ordained to the priesthood by His Grace Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB on 4 March 2016.
His first appointment as a priest was in Bayswater parish and stayed there for about 8 months. He was appointed as assistance priest at City Beach parish in 2017 and serving at Whitford parish for one and half years. Fr Truc was appointed as an assistant priest of Kwinana parish on April 2019.