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Order of Malta Australia


Bringing Lourdes to Aged Care Centres in Victoria


In Victoria, as well as the annual Lourdes Day Mass held on the first Saturday of December at St Patrick’s Cathedral, members of the Order hold Lourdes Masses at various Catholic aged care centres throughout the year.

The most recent Lourdes Mass was held on Tuesday 12 March at Rosary Home for the Aged and was attended by some 60 of the residents. Mass was celebrated by Fr Gerald O’Collins, a chaplain of the Order, who gave each resident present the anointing of the sick and blessed those present with Lourdes water. All attendees received a gift pack comprising a small bottle of Lourdes water, rosary beads and prayer cards.

The residents in our aged care homes are unable, for reasons of age and infirmity, to make the pilgrimage to Lourdes and most are also unable, for the same reasons, to make their way to the city for the annual Lourdes Day Mass, so the Order brings Lourdes to them” explains Confrere Sauro Antonelli, the Order of Malta’s Hospitaller for the South East Region. “This is consistent with the Order’s mission of caring for Our Lords the Sick.”

Currently, Members of the Order and the Order’s chaplains bring Lourdes to ten aged care facilities in Victoria, in addition to the annual Lourdes Day Mass at St Patrick’s, to which everyone is welcome.

Learn about upcoming Lourdes Day Mass Celebrations

The about the Order of Malta’s Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes

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.