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Order of Malta Australia


Bishop Ken Howell appointed bishop of Toowoomba by Pope Francis


BRISBANE Auxiliary Bishop and Order of Malta Conventual Chaplain Ad Honorem, Bishop Ken Howell, has been appointed the next Bishop of Toowoomba by Pope Francis today, the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians.

Bishop Howell, who has been a priest of Brisbane archdiocese for 40 years, said he was humbled to be called by Pope Francis to shepherd Toowoomba diocese.

He said he hoped to bring a ministry of “genuine engagement with the people” to Toowoomba.

“I’m standing on the edge of some new challenges and new opportunities; I see it as a great opportunity to be with people – especially in a country diocese.

“I think that will be a great joy for me.”

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.