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Order of Malta Australia


Cardinal Tomasi: Reform of Order of Malta seeks to strengthen identity


The Order of Malta is working on updating its structure, and Pope Francis has chosen Card. Silvano Tomasi to accompany and sustain the arduous task.

Pontifical Delegate to the Order of Malta
“I am at the service of the Order, to renew certain parts of the internal structure, as well as certain parts of its social and humanitarian service. The Order is doing a lot of good, but as with every institution with its roots in past centuries, it needs continuous reform.”

Currently, the Order of Malta’s main objective is to reform its Constitutional Charter and Code. The goal is to strengthen the spiritual aspect of the institution and avoid new periods of crisis

Pontifical Delegate to the Order of Malta
“Updating the structures and method of member admission is a step that leads not to limiting the service and identity of the Order, but to strengthening them.”

Following the death of Grand Master Friar Giacomo Dalla Torre last April, the Order of Malta has chosen Friar Marco Luzzago as the Lieutenant for the Grand Master. He will be in charge of the Order for one year. Before the end of this period, he will have to convoke the Council Complete of State to elect a Grand Master.

Pontifical Delegate to the Order of Malta
“There were few candidates, not many to choose from. So the Order chose to give itself some time to breathe by electing a Lieutenant for the Grand Master. The Lieutenant has the same authority as a Grand Master. The difference is that the former doesn’t have life tenure.”

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.