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Order of Malta Australia

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Candidates Australia wide have commenced their year of preparation


In scene that is being repeated nationwide, candidates are meeting with our Chaplains and sponsors to start their year of preparation.

Principal Chaplain for the Sub-Priory of the immaculate Conception Fr Gerald O’Collins AC SJ met with three candidates last night to accompany them as they commence their year of preparation. Working from the new Handbook for the Year of Preparation, candidates were taken through elements of the program including prayer, study, discernment and activities within the Order.

Prayer and service are the foundation of the candidates new spiritual home and Father O’Collins emphasised that prayer, sacramental life with a focus on the scripture will be an important part of his role as Spiritual Companion for the candidates. Sponsors also play and important role supporting and ensuring that the candidate participates in activities within the Order and in particular the ‘hands on’ service element of our charism and were on hand also to meet with other sponsors and candidates.

O Lord, in a world where many are lonely, we thank you for our friendships.

In a world where many are captive, we thank you for our freedom

In a. world where many are hungry, we thank you for your food.

We pray that you will enlarge our sympathy, deepen our compassion, and give us ever grateful hearts.

Fr Gerald O’Collins AC SJ

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.