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Order of Malta Australia


Annual retreat – The Order uniting heaven and earth


20 members, volunteers and a candidate attended the Subpriory of The Immaculate Conception’s winter silent retreat at the Mount Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville, NSW from 7 to 12 August.

Fr Anthony Robbie, Conventual Chaplain ad honorem, led the retreat with the theme “The Order uniting heaven and earth”.

Included in the conferences was practical advice on humility – a necessary facet to the promise of obedience. Time was also used to reflect on the purpose of the Order, as detailed in Article 2 of the Constitution and Code 2022, where each phrase was considered to give retreatants a deep understanding of why the Order exists and why they are members.

The Subpriory of The Immaculate Conception is a spiritual community within the Australian Association of the Order of Malta. The Subpriory assists its members in deepening their spiritual life which Fr Robbie calls the supernatural life and in striving to be an example to other members in practising the charisms of our Order (tuitio fidei et obsequium pauperum). They hold two annual retreats (a summer retreat in Melbourne and a winter retreat in Sydney) to allow all members and candidates of the Order of Malta, the opportunity to spend more time in prayer and contemplation to deepen their relationship with God.

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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.