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Order of Malta Australia

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GALLERY: Lourdes Mass in Melbourne, February 2024


On Saturday, St.Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne hosted the annual Order of Malta Lourdes Mass.

The Cathedral was at capacity, with approximately 2000 faithful attending this special annual celebration.  Each was gifted a bag containing rosary beads, a small bottle of Lourdes water and some prayer material.

The principal celebrant was Archbishop Peter Comensoli, who was assisted by Order of Malta Chaplains, Bishops Terry Curtin and Tony Ireland and Fathers Joe Caddy and Kevin Lenehan together with Fathers Max Vodola, Bihn Li and Tony Kerin.

The gifts at the offertory procession were presented by two attendees who were experiencing health issues and at the conclusion of the Mass, the Archbishop and Bishops blessed those present and were present in the Cathedral courtyard for individual blessings.

Please enjoy the gallery of images from this special celebration.

A pilgrimage to Lourdes represents one of the most significant moments in the spiritual life of the Order’s members and volunteers. For Australians unable to travel to Lourdes, the Order of Malta Lourdes Masses enable attendees to receive a blessing for good health and a bottle of water from the shrine at Lourdes for their personal use. Annual Masses are hosted in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, with smaller Masses at aged care facilities in Melbourne, also hosted throughout the year.

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.