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Order of Malta Australia


Providing emotional and spiritual support to prisoners


The South Eastern Region is involved in a program that is operated by the Catholic Prison Ministry in Victoria. Prison Chaplains visit men and women in every prison and correctional centre in Victoria, offering emotional, spiritual and sacramental support. During prison visitation, Chaplains listen, connect, endeavour to understand and comfort people who may otherwise feel lost or abandoned and can also provide support to prisoners’ family members and/or significant people in their lives.

Members of the South Eastern Region participate in this ministry accompanying the Chaplains. It involves attending Mass with prisoners, sharing a cup of coffee and spending time with them individually. Members report that very often the prisoners “open up” about their situation as they see in the member someone “safe” with whom they can confide. They say that once you are accepted by an inmate the battle is half won because then they are more apt to listen to what you have to say and accept you as a friend, and in so doing learns to accept himself as a valuable human being. Getting the inmate to realize that not everyone “on the outside” has rejected them plays a major role in learning to know and relate to him.

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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.