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Order of Malta Australia


Funeral held for former Sydney Catholic Archbishop, Cardinal Edward Clancy



NSW Branch Members provide a Guard of Honour for Cardinal Clancy

NSW Branch Members provide a Guard of Honour for Cardinal Clancy

On Saturday 9th August 2014, His Eminence Edward Bede Cardinal Clancy AC, was buried following a Vigil Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral on the Friday. 

More than 1,000 mourners attended the funeral Cardinal Clancy was the seventh Archbishop of Sydney and died last Sunday 3 August at the age of 90.

Born in December 1923 at Lithgow, Cardinal Clancy was ordained in July 1949 by Cardinal Norman Gilroy after beginning his religious studies at 16. During his tenure as Archbishop of Sydney, he expanded worship with new dioceses in Parramatta and Broken Bay and was vital in the canonisation of Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop.

Prior to his Mass of Christian Burial, the NSW Branch provided a Guard of Honour for the Cardinal while he lay in state. Included in the Order’s guard was His Eminence Cardinal Cassidy, Bailiff Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion, who was a classmate of Cardinal Clancy’s when they studied at the Seminary together.


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.