Australian Association hosts 2012 Order of Malta, Asia Pacific Conference
The Order’s Third Asia Pacific Regional Conference held in Sydney from 12th to 14th October was attended by delegates from Australia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Korea, Portugal, Timor-Leste, France, Germany and the Grand Magistry in Rome. Representatives from the Order’s specialised agencies CIOMAL, which cares for those affected by leprosy, and Malteser International, the rapid response arm of the Order for relief of distress caused by natural disasters, also attended.
Conference delegates reported on the charitable projects at present being undertaken by the Order in the Asia Pacific Region and how the Order will organise to address the future needs of the Poor and Sick.
The Order’s Grand Hospitaller, HE Baron Albrecht von Boeselager, said of the conference, “The initiative started by the Australian Association to expand into the Asia/Pacific region is undoubtedly one of the most important in the recent history of the Order. It is most encouraging to experience how the confraternal coherence of the Order in the region is growing and how much this encourages all the participants to ever increase their efforts to carry out the Order’s mission.”