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Long-serving volunteers honoured in special service

On 6 October, the Order of Malta presented awards to 36 long service volunteers at a special service celebrated in the Brompton Oratory. Their contributions ranged from help in the Orders of St John Care Trust (the OSJCT, which has 61 residential Homes in five counties), to support in the Order’s London and Oxford soup kitchens, to those who gave care and dedication to many elderly, or lonely or disabled, both young and old.

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The mission of the Order of Malta is inspired by its tradition of ‘Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum', to assist the poor and the sick, and bear witness to the Christian faith.


The Sovereign Order of Malta is a sovereign subject of international law. The Order - which is based in Rome, in via Condotti - has its own Government, an independent magistracy, and bilateral diplomatic relations with 110 countries.


The Order of St John of Jerusalem is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilisation. Present in Palestine in around 1048, it is a lay religious Order, traditionally of military, chivalrous, noble nature.