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Order of Malta Australia


INVITATION: Live streamed mass for the Feast of the Nativity of St John the Baptist


Wednesday 24 June 2020, 8am AEST


Live streamed from St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane

Principal Celebrant: Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Conventual Chaplain Ad Honorem and Chief Chaplain Ad Interim

‘Watch now’ link will be available when the live stream begins

Birth of St. John the Baptist: Giordano Luca (c.1670), The Hermitage

Saint John the Baptistis one of the few saints who have two feast days. On 24 June, we celebrate hisbirth, whichSaintLuke narrates in his Gospel.There Saint Luke draws a parallel between the births of Jesus and John, pointing out the important role in the history of salvation that Saint John the Baptist would play and the exemplar he would become.

The Bull of Pope Paschal II dated 15 Feb 1113 approved the institution of “the fraternity of The Hospital of Saint John at Jerusalem”. This was understood by those involved to be Saint John the Baptist. If one wanted a patron, one wanted a powerful one, and Saint John the Baptist was about as close to the Lord as one could get.

He was the epitome of obedience, poverty, self-sacrifice, humility, and dedication to serving others. He suffered much in guiding the people in the path of the Lord, and suffered martyrdom for his efforts: certainly, a defender of the faith.

Through the intercession of our Patron, Saint John the Baptist, we pray for all those, who, in the name of the Order, bring help to the afflicted and mercifully assist their brethren in sickness, hunger, poverty, and ignorance: that God may always enlighten

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.