St Thomas the Apostle Blackburn
About Us

Our Parish Priest - Fr Alo Lamere msc



The Parish of St Thomas is run by a Religious Order called the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC).

The initials M.S.C come from the Latin, Missionarii Sacratissimi Cordis, (Missionaries du Sacre Coeur in French), the name of our Religious Congregation founded by Fr. Jules Chevalier at Issoudun, France in 1854.

We are an international order of Brothers and Priests within theĀ  Catholic Church numbering about 1900 working in over fifty-five countries, on six continents.

The Australian Province has around 140 members and our ministries include parishes, retreat centres, education working with urban and traditional aborigines, working in the Media, chaplains to the prisons, universities, hospitals, health care in the ministry to people living with HIV+/AIDS, tradesmen and in many other areas.

The spirituality of the heart is the foundation of the MSC Spirituality.





Our Parish Team

Parish Priest - Fr Alo Lamere msc

Assistant Priest and Formator - Fr Khoi Nguyen msc

Other MSC Priests currently in Blackburn - Fr Tru Nguyen, Fr Mark Hanns, Fr Danh

Our newly professed MSC's - Br Daniel Magadia and Br Trieu Nguyen

Susan Collins - Parish Secretary

Luisa May - Bookkeeper/Administration

Luise Hendricks - Administration

Maurice Gartland - Parish Accountant

Pastoral Associate - Sr Margaret Burchell IBVM

Pastoral Associate, Youth Ministry - Caren Garlick