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Order of Malta Australia


Annual Day of Reflection for the South Eastern Region


Report by David Blackwell, Hospitaller for the South Eastern Region

The Annual Day of Reflection for the South Eastern Region was held on Saturday 29 February at the Carmelite Monastery in Kew. The Principal Chaplain of the Sub-Priory of the Immaculate Conception, Fr Gerald O’Collins SJ AC lead the Reflection. Fr Gerald asked us to reflect on the Eucharist as ‘memory – both individually and collective’, ‘body – bodily presence to each other, the sign of the cross’, ‘identity – the common answer to our quest for meaning’, and ‘expectation – the Eucharist defines our expectations for the future’. He also asked us to reflect on three prayers of: repentance, intercession and thanksgiving. Fr Gerald finished by asking us to leave the retreat as yachts, not rowboats and to make a resolution for Lent to read prayerfully one of the Gospels – for instance John. ‘Abide in me as I abide in you’ (John 15:4).

The day was also the last day of the Sub-Priory retreat where 12 members in preparation (5 day retreat) and 15 members (3 day retreat) joined in unity with 35 members of the South Eastern Region. The day of Reflection was spiritually enriching, building cohesion and friendship between members. The Carmelite Sisters made the day extra special by their hospitality in sharing their home and nourishing us and joining us at Mass, where we were honoured to witness ‘The Rite of Obedience’ in which Confrere Colin Yap from the Singapore Association and Confrere Frank Testa from Central Eastern Region took the Promise of Obedience. The Promise was received by Confrere Professor David Kissane AC Procurator of the Sub-Priory of the Immaculate Conception.

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.