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Order of Malta Australia


Story Telling and Healing Space opens to assist bushfire victims


‘Rising from the Ashes’ is a community group based in Milton, NSW. Its aim is to support and help the community after the challenges of fire, floods and COVID-19. The Story Telling and Healing Space aims to bring together those who have been impacted to share their stories and help them heal. The Centre offers free workshops to create inspiration, hope and resilience, and to encourage people to explore their stories in a creative space.

This service was officially launched on 7 November 2020. Fr Michael Dyer from the Milton Catholic Parish and foundation member of the project addressed the audience, referencing Pope Francis’ new encyclical letter, and expressing his appreciation to the Order of Malta for making this project possible.  Representing the Order of Malta, a major sponsor, Dr Steve Christie wanted to “thank the committee for giving us the opportunity to serve those in need as in doing so we serve our Lord Jesus Christ”.

Whilst the official opening has was only this weekend, the Centre has been open since 3 October. Volunteers, including members of the Order, are trained to listen to those touched by traumatic events. The Story Telling and Healing Space at 23, Wason Street, Milton provides a welcoming and safe environment for anyone afflicted by the New Year’s Eve bushfires and other traumas.

In addition to the Story Telling and Healing Space, members of the Order of Malta continue to regularly visit bushfire victims in Batemans Bay, Moruya and Mogo to provide friendship and support.

The opening of the Milton Story Telling Centre would not be possible without the generous support of our members and donors who also enabled us to provide $60,000 in emergency food and fuel vouchers to those affected NSW, VIC and SA during the fires.

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.