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Order of Malta Australia


“Stretch out your hand to the poor” – 4th World Day of the Poor


The World Day of the Poor was established by Pope Francis in 2017 with the theme “Let us love, not with words but with deeds”. This year the theme was “Stretch forth your hand to the poor” (Sir 7:32). In announcing the theme for this year, Pope Francis concluded by reminding us that “In this journey of daily encounter with the poor, the Mother of God is ever at our side. More than any other, she is the Mother of the Poor.” Given the Order of Malta’s dedication to the poor and our Lady, this speaks to us directly.

To acknowledge this special day, members and volunteers of the Order of Malta across Australia participated in both organised activities and personal acts.

With the easing of Covid restrictions in Melbourne, members and volunteers distributed Covid care packs directly to the homeless and through the Missionary Sisters of Charity. They also shared breakfast and warm coffee served with homeless in the city of Melbourne who were delighted to be greeted early Sunday with a smile.

In Brisbane, members, candidates and volunteers shared high quality, personal care packs and solidarity with many friends from the Emmanuel City Mission. During friendly conversations, attendees expressed appreciation for the thoughtful care packs and “early Christmas” sweets.

In Sydney, Magistral Chaplain, Father James McCarthy, offered Mass at his Parish, St Aloysius in Cronulla. After Mass, the Order of Malta Volunteers hosted a free BBQ next to our Order of Malta marque, where parishioners were invited to join our members and volunteers to learn about our activities to assist those in greatest need.

In the Northern Territory members and volunteers packed 100 hygiene bags for the homeless in preparation for World Day of the Poor and connected with St Vincent de Paul to distribute the packs to the homeless who visit Ozanam House.

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.