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Order of Malta Australia


Humility and Freedom – Silent Retreat at Jamberoo


15 members, some with their family,  participated in a retreat at the Benedictine Abbey retreat centre at Jamberoo, 3 hours from Sydney and Canberra over 18 to 20 November.

Magistral Chaplain Fr Paul Nulley directed the silent retreat following two themes: “Humility and Freedom” and “The Order of Malta as a Means for Holiness”.

Confrere Frank Testa, coordinator for this retreat, said, “I found the retreat a wonderful experience in a beautiful setting. It was amazing to be in silence in nature – it truly gave us an opportunity to block out the sounds of everyday life and allow us to encounter God. Fr. Paul’s sessions were thought provoking and gave us many points on which to reflect. It was also wonderful to join the Benedictine nuns of the Abbey in prayer.”

President Confrere James Douglas in this second retreat with the Order this year said “A retreat is an opportunity for us to renew our spiritual lives, normally in the company of others, under the guidance of a spiritual director and away from our usual daily lives. We are familiar with them in the Order.”

“This retreat was held at the Benedictine nuns’ Abbey at the beautiful rural location of Jamberoo, inland from Kiama. Fr Paul Nulley, one of our Canberra chaplains, led the retreat thoughtfully and most successfully. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to gather, in silence on the Saturday, to get to know each other better and to extend our relationship with God. The ability to attend the nuns’ beautiful liturgies added so much to the experience.”

“Confrère Frank Testa is to be congratulated for conceiving and organising the event. I hope it is the first of many more.”

Fr Nulley had been particularly active with the Order this year as chaplain for our Lourdes Pilgrimage in May and the September Youth Camp in Victoria.

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.