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Order of Malta Australia


Lourdes Mass at the Assisi Centre


Report by Sauro Antonelli

Members of the Order know well the importance that Lourdes has for the Order and many of its members have taken part in the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes. Unfortunately, many of our elderly, because of age and/or infirmity, will never have the opportunity to visit Lourdes. So, in Victoria, the Order has set up a program where Lourdes comes to the elderly.

Each month, the Order organises a Mass at a different Catholic aged care home and the Mass is celebrated by one of the Order’s chaplains. At the conclusion of the Mass those present are either individually blessed by the celebrant with Lourdes water or is anointed with Holy Oils. As well, each resident receives a “gift pack” containing a small bottle of Lourdes water, rosary beads and some prayer materials.

On 13th August 2019, the Lourdes Mass was celebrated at the Italian aged care facility, the Assisi Centre, by the Order’s Conventual Chaplain Ad Honorem, Bishop Terry Curtin. Over 150 people were present at the Mass and Bishop Terry, in immaculate Italian, gave the homily on the Assumption which was to be celebrated two days later.

A special thanks to Confrere David Blackwell for his excellent organisation of the annual Lourdes Masses at the various aged care centres.

Learn about upcoming Lourdes Day Mass celebrations.

Confrere David Blackwell distributing the Lourdes packs to those present.
The Order's Conventual Chaplain Ad Honorem, Terry Curtin, blessing the residents.

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.