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Order of Malta Australia


VIDEO: 900th anniversary of the death of our founder Blessed Fra’ Gerard


Blessed Fra’ Gerard died in Jerusalem on 3 September 1120. He was the founder and first Grand Master of the Order of Malta one of the oldest religious orders of the Catholic Church.

His hospital for pilgrims to the Holy Land accepted everyone, regardless of origin or religion. For nine centuries members and volunteers of the Order of Malta have put his ideals of faith and charity into practice.

This mission is today more relevant than ever as testified by medical, social and humanitarian commitments the Order has in 120 countries.

A poignant example of our work is that being performed now by our Lebanese branch and Malteser International, our international relief service, in Beirut. The effects of the terrible explosion there – so close to our origins in Jerusalem and our modern maternity hospital in Bethlehem – are contemporary examples of the misery of the world that we as Fra’ Gerard’s followers seek to reduce.

In Australia and New Zealand, our 300 members together with enthusiastic volunteers provide personal service to the homeless, the dying, the poor and those who continue their struggle rebuilding their lives after the bushfires that started in late 2019. Our work continues in spite of restrictions from Covid 19.

To serve the sick and the poor is the gift that Fra’ Gerard left us and for which we remember him on this important 900th anniversary of his death.

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.