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Order of Malta Australia

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Inaugural Mass at Our Lady of Philermos and Quarterly Meeting at St Anne’s Bondi


On 19th February 2022, Conventual Chaplain Ad Honorem  Father Anthony Robbie celebrated Mass at the Our Lady of Philermos Chapel in St Anne’s Church, Bondi Beach. This was attended by 30 members from the Central Eastern Region of the Australian Association of the Order of Malta. Fr Robbie dedicated the chapel to Our Lady of Philermos which is beautifully adorned with her icon, a gift from the Lieutenant of the Grand Master Fra’ Marco Luzzago, and an icon of St John the Baptist featuring the Order’s Cross on his coat of camel’s hair. A 17th Century ciborium from a commandery in France was used for the Mass.

Fr Robbie said that the reference to St John the Baptist in today’s Gospel reading (Mark 9:2-13) was apt as he together with Our Lady of Philermos are patron saints and protectors of the Order and spoke  about the practice of having conventual churches around the world. He invited members to make the Chapel a special place to come to for their prayers.

A quarterly meeting, chaired by Regional Hospitaller Dr Steve Christie, followed Mass at the adjoining St Anne’s Parish hall. National President The Hon James Douglas, temporarily residing in Sydney, was present at the meeting. He gave an overview of the various major works that are in the pipeline across Australia and New Zealand.

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.