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Order of Malta Australia


Rosary In Memory of Sir James Gobbo AC CVO KGCSG KGCMG(Ob)


Confrere Professor David Kissane AC KMG(Ob), Regent of the Sub-Priory of the Immaculate Conception, led 60 Members, Candidates and friends of the #OrderofMalta in an online Rosary, in memory of Confrere Sir James Gobbo AC CVO KGCSG KGCMG(Ob).

Meditating upon the Glorious Mysteries, we mourned the loss of our beloved friend, while celebrating Sir James’ seminal legacy in the Order and Australia.

Upon praying together, Members shared heartwarming memories illuminating Sir James’ benevolent friendship, wisdom, wit and charitable outreach.

Several Members of our National Executive Council fondly reminisced about how they were invited into the Order by Sir James, inspired by his altruism, mentorship and expertise.

Sir James was a former President of the Australian Association and former Regent of the Subpriory of the Immaculate Conception, Rhodes Scholar, former Supreme Court Judge and Governor of Victoria.

As one of the original 13 foundation members of the Australian Association of the Sovereign Order of Malta, he oversaw the establishment of Order of Malta Home Hospice Service (Victoria) Inc. On Friday, he visited the Order of Malta’s new facilities at Caritas, another project very close to his heart, and he was delighted with what he saw. He was also a regular participant in our monthly communal Rosary, the last time being last Wednesday.

We dedicate our Prayers for the Heavenly Repose of the soul of Sir James Gobbo.

May Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception provide comfort and solace to Lady Gobbo, the Gobbo family and the many friends whose lives were touched by the humble and compassionate soul of Sir James Gobbo.

Please note that State Funeral arrangements and live-streaming information will be advised in due course.

Read Sir James Gobbo’s full obituary.

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.