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Expressions of Interest are being taken for our 2020 Order of Malta Pilgrimages

10/10/2019 


Planning has commenced for our 2020 pilgrimages!

2020 will be a special year when in addition to the 62nd annual pilgrimage of the Order to Lourdes, our Grand Hospitaller has also announced a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The Order’s previous Holy Land pilgrimage occurred in 2007.

The dates for the pilgrimages are:

Lourdes
Arrival in Lourdes on Thursday 30th April; departure Tuesday 5th May

Holy Land
Departure from Australia and New Zealand 6th November; departure from Jerusalem 17th November.

The 2020 Lourdes pilgrimage will once again be a collaboration with the Hong Kong Association, our members in Thailand and Korea in support of malades with the Irish Association

As a change from past Lourdes pilgrimages, we are looking to take malades with us in 2020. Level of dependency is a key consideration given flight times, connections and the fact that pilgrims will start from different cities.

If you know of malades and their caregivers whom you see as possible pilgrims, please contact Confrère Daniel Kwok ( dkwok@orderofmalta.org.au ) who will coordinate both pilgrimages with support from Confrère Dunstan de Souza.

The Holy Land pilgrimage will be designed in collaboration with Harvest Journeys, a well-respected organiser of Catholic pilgrimages, to include five common events organised by the office of the Grand Hospitaller. They are:

10th November – Bethlehem
Morning: Holy Mass at Saint Catherine’s Church
Afternoon: visit to the Holy Family Hospital (optional and highly recommended)

11th November – Jerusalem
Evening: International Reception at Notre Dame Centre

12th November – Jerusalem
Morning: Holy Mass at the Gethsemane – Olive Garden

13th November – Nazareth
Afternoon: Holy Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation

An extension to Malta after the pilgrimage to the Holy Land is also in the works, organised by Confrère Stephen Gatt.

Malta extension
Arrival 17th November; departure 23rd November

As an initial step, if you and your family members and friends are interested to attend one or both pilgrimages, please complete our Expressions of Interest form.

Details will be advised when they are in place and confirmations will be requested in the coming months.

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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.