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Order of Malta Australia

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Installation of Bishop Fisher as the ninth Archbishop of Sydney


On 12 November, St Mary’s Cathedral was filled to capacity for the Installation of Bishop Anthony Colin Fisher OP, as the ninth Archbishop of Sydney. The congregation included archbishops, bishops, civic and religious leaders and thousands of well-wishers. Members from the Order of Malta were also in attendance and were privileged to provide a Guard of Honour to the Archbishop who is also a Conventual Chaplain ad Honorem of our Order.

During the ceremony, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the papal nuncio who has just been appointed the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, read Pope Francis’s words of election in Latin before Archdiocesesan Chancellor Monsignor John Usher read out the English translation.

During his homily, Archbishop Fisher outlined his objective for the Archdiocese during his tenure, “My hope is for a Church in which the Gospel is preached with joy, the wisdom of our tradition minded with fidelity, the sacraments celebrated with dignity and welcome, and the seminaries, convents and youth groups teeming with new life,” he said, “a Church in which our parishes, chaplaincies and educational institutions are true centres of the new evangelisation, our laity theologically literate and spiritually well-formed, our outreach to the needy effective and growing; and God glorified above all.”


View the gallery below to see pictures from the ceremony. Images courtesy of Giovanni Portelli Photography:

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.