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Order of Malta Australia


Gallery: 2023 Order of Malta International Pilgrimage to Lourdes


The Order of Malta’s 65th international pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, France, was led by Grand Master Fra’ John Dunlap, in his first official engagement after his very recent election by the Council Complete of State. Many of the Capitulars travelled to Lourdes directly from Rome.

This year the number of participants has almost returned to pre-pandemic levels, with over 6,000 participants, including sick people, members, volunteers – a clear sign of faith and hope. The pilgrims consisted of 41 different nationalities, with a large participation from the Far East, in particular from Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines and Australia. Pilgrims and sick people are also arriving from South America and Africa, and of course from Europe. The largest groups came from France (1,300), Italy (1,200) and the USA (1,000).

Of the 6,000 participants, there were 1,077 sick people, of whom 201 are children under the age of 12; 191 priests, 14 deacons, 878 pilgrims, 228 doctors, 135 nurses.

Sunday’s Pontifical Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Silvano Maria Tomasi, the Pope’s Special Delegate for the Order of Malta. The Marian pilgrimage was attended, in addition to the Grand Master, by members of the Sovereign Council and the Prelate, Monsignor Jean Laffitte.

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.