The Order of Malta Australia marked the World Day of the Poor on Sunday by doing what it does every day – service to others.
Members and volunteers of the Order of Malta in Australia and across the world participated in both organised activities or personal acts to mark this special day.
The Order of Malta’s national hospitaller, John Murphy, said the Order had “embraced the concept of the World Day of the Poor since it was instituted in Pope Francis in 2016”.
“A major tenet of our order’s charism is to serve ‘our lords’ the sick and the poor. Our lives are dedicated to serving others and this occurs on a daily basis,” Mr Murphy said.
With the easing of some of the COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne, members and volunteers distributed COVID-19 care packs directly to the homeless and through the Missionary Sisters of Charity. They also shared breakfast and coffee with homeless in the city.
In Brisbane, members, candidates and volunteers distributed personal care packs and shared solidarity with many friends from the Emmanuel City Mission.
In Sydney, chaplain Fr James McCarthy offered Mass at St Aloysius, Cronulla. After Mass, the Order of Malta Volunteers hosted a free barbecue where parishioners were invited to join members and volunteers to learn about the Order's activities to assist those in greatest need.
In the Northern Territory members and volunteers packed 100 hygiene bags for the homeless and connected with St Vincent de Paul to distribute the packs.
Order of Malta activities to mark the fourth World Day of the Poor (Order of Malta)