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Order of Malta Australia


National Hospitaller joins members for First Friday Vigil Mass in Sydney


Pictured: John Murphy, Jim Dominguez and Deirdre Page

On 5th March 2020, National Hospitaller John Murphy joined members in the Central Eastern region at their First Friday Vigil Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. Following the Mass John attended a meal to provide an update on the national activities of the Order.

Following a prayer from Deirdre Page, John was formally introduced by Jim Dominguez to the members in attendance. John then provided updates on various initiatives underway, including an new Order of Malta app, the Order of Malta’s outreach initiatives to assist victims of the recent bushfires, the upcoming Asia Pacific Youth Camp to be hosted later this year by Australia and a National project to standardise selection of candidates and preparation program for membership across Australia.

Sophie York, a candidate for membership in attendance, was requested by Paul Zammit who organised the dinner to give the Vote of Thanks. She commented on how heartening it had been to hear John’s dedication to the overall task and was enthusiastic about the project to standardise the membership process. She was also inspired by his emphasis on attending, in a hands-on way, to the poor and needy – as modelled by Jesus Christ. She included St James’ admonition to believers: “Faith without good works is dead”. All in all, her message – on behalf of all members present – was one of admiration and much appreciation.

John’s visit is the second to the region from a member of National Executive since the election four months ago. The first being from the President, James Douglas, in November who attended the region’s quarterly meeting

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.