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Order of Malta Australia


Listen to Prof Rowland's lecture on The Three Theological Virtues: Why do faith, hope and love matter in the 21st Century


On 27 August, at the University of Notre Dame Sydney, Prof Tracey Rowland, Dean of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family and Member of the Order, lectured on the Three Theological Virtues: Why do faith, hope & love matter in the 21st Century.

The lecture was the first in a series of occasional lectures sponsored by the NSW Branch of the Order of Malta to provide clarity for Australian Catholics in discussing and defending their Faith. The lecture, which presumed no theological experience, was attended by over 90 people.

At a time when many people seek to question the continuing role and relevance of the Catholic Faith, these lecture will equip ordinary Australian Catholics with the knowledge and arguments to defend our beliefs” explained Peter Van de Velde, Lecture Series Leader, NSW Branch.

Listen to Prof Rowlands lecture:


DR. TRACEY ROWLAND is the DEAN of the JOHN PAUL II INSTITUTE for MARRIAGE and FAMILY.   Professor Rowland holds degrees in Law and Government from the University of Queensland, in philosophy from the University of Melbourne, and in theology from Cambridge University and the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. She is a Permanent Fellow of the Institute in Continental Theology and Political Philosophy. From 1988–1993 she was a Lecturer in Russian and Central European Politics at Monash University. Her Masters dissertation, written in Poland in 1989, included a section on the social theory of Blessed John Paul II.   She is the author of three books and over 100 articles on topics in contemporary theology and political theory, including two books on the theology of Pope Benedict XVI. In 2012 she was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, which is a diplomatic honour conferred on non-Polish citizens, for her contribution to the promotion of Polish scholarship. She is also a Dame of the Order of Malta.


Next lecture in the series: Anna Krohn will lecture on ‘Eros and Agape: Papal Teaching on Sexuality since 1960.’


Date and location to be confirmed. Email to register your interest.

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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.