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Order of Malta Australia


Lourdes Day Mass in Melbourne – Saturday 6th December


On Saturday 6th December, the VIC Branch of the Order of Malta is hosting its annual Lourdes Day Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral at 10.30am. The Archbishop of Melbourne, Dennis Hart will be the Principal Celebrant.
A Blessing of good health takes place during the celebration of the Liturgy with water brought from the Shrine of Lourdes. Those receiving the Blessing are also provided with a bottle of Lourdes Water for their personal use.
The annual Mass is open to all, but those who are sick, facing health challenges and wanting good health are particularly encouraged to attend. Members of the Order, students from four Catholic secondary colleges,  Newman House at Melbourne University and the Health course at Australian Catholic University will be on hand for anyone requiring assistance on the day.

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. 
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 of Malta’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.