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Order of Malta Australia




Fra’ John Dunlap: “The new Sovereign Council will prove to be strategic in facing today’s great challenges”.

The Extraordinary Chapter General, presided over by the Lieutenant of the Grand Master Fra’ John Dunlap and Cardinal Silvano Maria Tomasi, Special Delegate of the Pope, elected all the members of the Sovereign Council, who will remain in office for six years.
After electing the Grand Commander Fra’ Emmanuel Rousseau, Grand Chancellor Riccardo Paternò di Montecupo, Grand Hospitaller Fra’ Alessandro de Franciscis and the Receiver of the Common Treasure Fabrizio Colonna, the following were elected Councillors of the Sovereign Council: Fra’ João Augusto Esquivel Freire de Andrade, Fra’ Roberto Viazzo, Fra’ John Eidinow, Fra’ Mathieu Dupont, Fra’ Richard J. Wolff, Francis Joseph McCarthy, Michael Grace, Clemente Riva Sanseverino, Josef Blotz.
At the end of the election, the members of the Sovereign Council took the oath and are therefore in the fullness of their powers.
The Lieutenant of the Grand Master Fra’ John Dunlap expressed his satisfaction at the conclusion of the work: “I am certain that the new Sovereign Council will prove to be strategic in addressing the great medical, social, humanitarian and spiritual challenges we face in the 120 countries in which we operate. My best wishes to the newly elected members for the success of their important task in the service of the Order of Malta’s mission”.
The Extraordinary Chapter General was attended by 111 members of the Order of Malta from five continents, including two representative from Australia.
On Monday 30 January the Lieutenant of the Grand Master, the Special Delegate, together with the new Sovereign Council and the capitulars will be received in audience at the Vatican by Pope Francis.

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.