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Order of Malta Australia


Lourdes inspires Grogan siblings


Caroline and Alice Grogan pictured with malade

In 2018, the Order of Malta’s Asia-Pacific Lourdes delegation included ninety-six pilgrims from (alphabetically) Australia, Hong Kong, Korea and Thailand. Among this delegation were three Australian-Kiribati siblings, Joseph (30), Alice (29) and Caroline Grogan (27). Each cherished this blessed volunteer experience to serve Malades in the spirit of Matthew 25:40, “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, this you do unto Me”.

Inspired by their father John’s faith as a lay Catholic Missionary, and the mentorship of

Anthony Gerada KMG(Ob), Joseph and Alice shared their first Lourdes pilgrimage with the Order in 2017. In 2018, they invited their sister Caroline and father John to share this precious pilgrimage. Carrying the long childhood shadows of their mother’s tragic psychosis, the Grogan siblings found their Lourdes pilgrimage to be deeply cathartic, healing and spiritually inspirational.

Alice, Joseph and Caroline share their experiences: Download the full report from the Grogan Siblings Lourdes Reflections


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.