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Order of Malta Australia


RECORDING: Annual Lourdes Day Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral


On Saturday, the congregation at the annual Order of Malta Lourdes Day Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney was joined by thousands who watched the livestream of this special celebration.

A pilgrimage to Lourdes represents one of the most significant moments in the spiritual life of the Order’s members and volunteers. For Australians unable to travel to Lourdes, the Order of Malta Lourdes Masses enable attendees to receive a blessing for good health and a bottle of water from the shrine at Lourdes for their personal use.

Once again, The Most Rev Anthony Fisher Archbishop of Sydney, who is also an Order of Malta Chaplain, presided over this special celebration.  For his homily he chronicled the intriguing, difficult and turbulent journey of the Order of Malta’s Our Lady of Philermos icon from the 11th century to today, noting that it provided a powerful allegory of faith.

Sadly, whilst COVID-19 limited the physical attendance of many, members of the Order of Malta simultaneously attended nursing homes to join residents to watch the livestream and distribute bottles of Lourdes water.

A recording of this Mass is available online.

Upcoming Lourdes Mass celebrations in Australia:

  • Saturday 11 February 2023, 10:30am at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne
  • Saturday 11 February 2023, 11.30am at St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, Adelaide
  • Brisbane – date to be confirmed. Will be advertised on

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.