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Order of Malta Australia


Clean up effort following October floods in Lourdes


In the October European floods, the river Gave broke its banks and inundated beautiful Lourdes, causing enormous structural damage to the Sanctuary.

Lourdes is located in south-western France and is where the Virgin Mary appeared to peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous in a grotto in 1858. Since that time the Catholic church has recognised 68 miracles linked to Lourdes and many disabled or sick people go there to pray for a cure. Last year it was visited by more than six million visitors.

As the Order is committed to serving “Our Lords the Poor and the Sick”, Lourdes holds a special place in the psyche and spirituality of our Members.

The Order of Malta is actively supporting the rehabilitation effort follwoing the flood damage. The French Association immediately provided an emergency relief team of fifty volunteers to assist the immediate clean-up operation and Members of the Order from across the world have donated funds to assist the repair and refurbishment of the Lourdes Sanctuaries.


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Lourdes volunteer profile

In pictures – Lourdes Day Mass celebrations in Sydney

Lourdes Day Mass celebrations in Melbourne

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.