About the Order The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilization. The 13,500 Knights and Dames remain true to its inspiring principles – nurturing, witnessing and protecting the faith and serving the poor and the sick.
The American Association Founded in 1927 as the first association of the Order of Malta in the Americas, the association is headquartered in New York City with over 2,000 Knights, Dames and volunteers in over 30 Areas working with the poor, sick, and incarcerated and giving witness to the Catholic faith.
Spirituality Knights and Dames join the Order of Malta to pursue their spiritual growth over a path laid out by Blessed Gerard more than nine hundred years ago, seeking to nurture and witness the Faith and assist the sick and the poor.
Spirituality in Action Members are involved in hands-on work at over 100 hundred organizations, including food banks, hospitals, pregnancy support centers, homeless shelters and mentoring programs for at risk children.
The American Association’s Board of Councillors has defined ‘Affiliates’ of the Association as comprising two distinct groups: ‘Auxiliary’ who are ages 18 to 39 and ‘Associates’ who are age 40+. Members of both groups are afforded a unique opportunity to:
Learn about the Order of Malta with the chance to consider membership at some future date
Engage in hands-on works aligned with the Order’s mission of serving the poor and the sick
Receive support in their spiritual development
Participate in the activities of the Area and the Association
Participate in a Catholic community, providing an evangelization opportunity
Auxiliary are further offered the opportunity to develop their own Area and Association wide projects in partnership with the Associations’ leadership and under the organization of their own governance structure.
Who May Join as an Affiliate?
Practicing Roman Catholics who are at least 18 years of age may apply to become an Affiliate. Applicants must be willing to complete the application and satisfy its requirements (e.g. pass background checks performed by the Executive Director).
What Is Expected as an Affiliate?
Affiliates are encouraged to work alongside members of the Order as they fulfill their mission to care for the sick and the poor and defend the faith. They should use their interaction with the members and those they care for to develop an understanding of the Orders unique charism and contemplate whether they might pursue membership in the Order. Auxiliary are encouraged to create their own works, in consultation with their Area Chair(s) that are relevant to their generation.
What Activities Are Involved?
Affiliates are encouraged to work alongside members of the Order as they fulfill their mission to care for the sick and the poor and defend the faith. Auxiliary are encouraged to create their own works, in consultation with their Area Chair(s) that are relevant to their generation. Activities have included:
Leading Malta Walks to feed the homeless
Working with Habitat for Humanity to renovate homes for the handicapped
Leading groups of young adults with disabilities to participate in the Orders International Summer Camp
Hosting Theology on Tap talks
Supporting programs for the elderly residents of nursing homes and children in hospitals
Establishing nursing home pen pal programs
Organizing Advent and Lenten retreats in their Areas
Affiliate’s Opportunity to Participate in the Lourdes Pilgrimage
Every year Affiliates, along with the Knights and Dames, take malades (the French word for ‘the sick’) on pilgrimages to the Shrine of our Lady in Lourdes, France. Affiliates are well recognized for their valuable assistance in caring for the malades. Auxiliary play an especially important role in the pilgrimage as, given their age, are often assigned as pullers of voitures or to work with young malades. Many Knights and Dames root their membership in the Order to their experience as Auxiliary on the Pilgrimage.
For more information about becoming an Affiliate, please contact the Chair of your Area or a Knight or Dame in the American Association.
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