Order of Malta in Brisbane to expand homeless ministry through ECM
Report by Joseph Grogan
On Sunday 10th October, ten Order of Malta Members and volunteers in Brisbane continued our monthly service of people in need, through the Emmanuel City Mission (ECM) homeless sanctuary.
Member Dymphna Muir DMG reflects, “Today I went for the first time to help out at the Emmanuel City Mission. The Order of Malta assist on Sunday morning so the ECM community can attend Mass. We were helping guests who may be homeless, needing a friendly face, good cup of coffee and food. I was very impressed with the smoothness at which the system operated, the care for guests and the ease in which they felt in the space. It was a busy but rewarding morning for me. An ability to truly practice our Order of Malta charism and I thank ECM for this ministry”.
Dymphna will now be coordinating an OMV team to provide a second Sunday of monthly service through ECM.
ECM Director Roby Curtis is very welcoming of this development.
Patrick, the ACU Medic for the recent Order of Malta Asia Pacific Youth Camp, was inspired by his camp experience to explore the Order’s ministry through ECM.
“My dad always says that charity should start at home, and up until now I simply didn’t know that something like the Order of Malta even existed. So as soon as I found out about it, I knew it was something I should be doing. If I could take one thing away from the Youth Camp and ECM, I was definitely able to break some misconceptions I’d had about people with special needs and the homeless within Brisbane. They’re all just people with their own circumstances who want to connect with friendly people. It’s something I’d never really considered prior to these experiences”.
If you would like to join the Order of Malta Volunteers in caring for people in need, please register your interest.