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Order of Malta Australia


1,200 people attend annual Lourdes Day Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral


The annual Lourdes Day Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral was held on the 7th December and was celebrated by the Most Reverend Archbishop Peter Comensoli and concelebrated by the Order’s Chaplains.

An estimated 1,200 people attended the Mass who all received packages containing Lourdes Water, Rosary Beads and prayer material. We had 32 members in attendance with volunteers from, Mandeville Hall, Genazzano, Xavier and De la Salle colleges.

In addition to this annual celebration, from February to November, members in Melbourne hold Lourdes Masses at Catholic Aged Care homes throughout the metropolitan area where members share the Gospel and Eucharist with the Lord’s Elderly and Sick. On average about 6-8 members attend to sit and relate to the residents and their families and distribute packages containing Lourdes water, rosary beads and prayer material.

Order of Malta Lourdes Day Masses

A pilgrimage to Lourdes represents one of the most significant moments in the spiritual life of the Order’s members and volunteers, and each year Lourdes dedicates the first weekend in May for the Annual Pilgrimage of the International Order of Malta.

For Australians unable to visit Lourdes, Lourdes Day Mass celebrations are held annually in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide where those attending receive a blessing for good health and a bottle of Lourdes water for their personal use.

All are welcome to attend these special celebrations. Dates of upcoming celebrations can be found in our Events section.

The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.