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Order of Malta Australia


Visit of the Grand Master, His Highness Frá Matthew Festing


On the 20th May, Frá Matthew Festing became the first Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to visit Australia. During his 6 day visit, the Grand Master travelled to WA, VIC, ACT and NSW, visiting the works of the Order, Heads of State and Members across Australia.

The Grand Master sails agian at the Helm

The Grand Master visited Albany where a kinsman Lieutenant Colson Festing (later a Rear Admiral) carried the first European settlers to King Georges Sound in December 1826 as Master of the brig Amity, a replica of which rides at anchor at Albany.

Visit to PAS  21 May 2012

The Grand Master at the Personal Advocacy Service (PAS) in Morley – a unique service supported by the Order of Malt ain WA, which aims to assist the young mentally handicapped adults, ‘Friends’, who are supported by volunteer ‘Advocates’ on a one on one basis. The outcome is to better integrate the mentally handicapped adults into the community by instilling confidence, and making it possible for them to join in with spiritual activities in the parishes.

The Grand Master with Sir James Gobbo, the Regent of the Sub Priory of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception visiting a patient at the Caritas Christi Hospice in Kew, Victoria, Australia. Picture courtesy of J. Casamento.


Gorman House residents

The Grand Master visited Gorman House Alcohol and Drug Detoxification Unit in Sydney, which provides ongoing, non-judgmental support for Sydney’s most marginalized people with dependencies. Since 2005 the NSW branch has provided financial support to Gorman House enabling it to remain open 7 days a week.

The Grand Master talking with students at Campion College. Picture courtesy of the Catholic Weekly.

Group photograph at the Pentecost Sunday Mass in Sydney

The Grand Master and Members of the Order from across Australia attend High Mass on Pentecost Sunday in Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral. Picture courtesy of the Catholic Weekly.


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.