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Order of Malta Australia


South Australian Members welcomed Archbishop Patrick O’Regan, as the 12th Archbishop of Adelaide


In a letter to the Archbishop, our members wrote:

The Order in SA remains deeply committed to our mission Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum, or “Defence of the faith and assistance to the poor”. Our current challenge is seeking new and contemporary ways to be more ‘hands on’ in our mission’ and in doing so being visible signs of Christ’s love for us and among us. We look forward to serving with you in this mission.

Archbishop O’Regan was installed on the solemnity of Our Lady Help of Christians on Monday May 25 at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral. Due to COVID19 Members of the Order were unable to be present; however, Confrere Greg Crafter represented our Members in a short video of welcome. This initiative organised by the Adelaide Diocesan Office also featured prominent members from within the Adelaide Community and South Australian Catholic Community.

South Australian Members of the Order offer every blessing to our new Archbishop and also acknowledge the love and support of former Archbishop Philip Wilson who also served as the Chief Chaplain of the Australian Association of the Order of Malta and Conventual Chaplain ad honorem. Together with Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ and Vicar General Fr Philip Marshall, our brothers in Christ have tirelessly supported the work of the Order with deep compassion and grace.

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.