The Australian Association of the Order of Malta celebrates its 900th anniversary at the 2013 National Assembly
The Order of Malta celebrates 900 years
The assembly comprised addresses and discussions led by guest speakers including Rev Professor Gerald O’Collins SJ and Professor Greg Craven, breakout sessions, an election for new national office bearers, a gala dinner and three religious services.
A record number of new knights and dames, 45, were invested into the order during the assembly.
Former ambassador to the Holy See, Tim Fischer AC, was the keynote speaker at the formal gala dinner, held at the Park Hyatt, with 320 guests in attendance.
Vice-president of the Victorian Branch of the Order of Malta, Sir James Gobbo, said 160 delegates attended the assembly, with spouses and other guests.