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Order of Malta Australia


In pictures: Lourdes Day Mass celebrations in Adelaide


On 11th February Members in South Australia hosted Lourdes Day Mass celebrations at St Francis Xavier Cathedral in Adelaide. Despite the temperature on the day reaching 42c, the Mass was well attended.

Archbishop Wilson concelebrated the Mass with priests of the Diocese who were suffering from ill health and those working in the health ministry.

In addition to Members of the Order, representatives from Catholic Hospitals, aged care and other health services participated in the liturgy. Those who attended the Mass received a Blessing for good health and were also provided with a bottle of Lourdes Water for their personal use.

View our gallery of the celebrations:

 More about Lourdes and the annual Lourdes Day Mass:

The Grotto at Lourdes, a town in the south western part of France’s Hautes-Pyrenees, has been a popular pilgrimage destination since Mary first appeared there to St Bernadette Soubirous in the mid-19th century. The water from the spring at Lourdes is cherished by the sick and infirm for its connection to healing miracles. Every year more than six million people make the pilgrimage to Lourdes to drink and bathe in the water, and ask for healing and forgiveness.

 The Lourdes Day Mass provides those who cannot make the arduous and expensive journey to France with the opportunity to share in the Blessing and the water. It is a manifestation of the Order’s commitment to fulfill their mission to nurture, witness and protect the faith and serve the poor and the sick representing the Lord.

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.