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 16 states 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 involving over one hundred organizations and ministries. Food banks, hospitals, pregnancy support centers, homeless shelters and mentoring at risk children are just some of the activities in which members engage.
The American Association Auxiliary Corps works in association with the Order of Malta whose mission as a lay religious order of the Catholic Church is to care for the sick and poor and to defend the Catholic faith.
What is the Auxiliary Corps?
Beginning in 2006, the Auxiliary Corps took on a new presence in the American Association.
The new “ageless” Auxiliary Corps may help with American Association projects and can initiate its own projects and experiences to create a strong and vibrant membership.
Auxiliaries fully support and participate in all the spiritual and ministerial activities of the Order, as well as their own projects and programs.
Who May Join the Auxiliary Corps?
Any practicing Catholic lay person 18 years of age or older who is sponsored by a Knight or Dame
Candidates must be willing and able to commit fully to the mission of the Order of Malta as expressed in the motto: “Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum” nurturing, witnessing and protecting the faith and service to the poor.
What Are the Criteria for Joining?
Learn about the history, spirituality, and works of the Order of Malta
Attend American Association area spiritual and educational events
Volunteer in American Association works
Participate in the American Association events in their area
Consider a lifetime commitment to the Order of Malta by becoming a Knight or Dame
Pay a small initiation fee and annual dues
In What Activities Are Auxiliaries Involved?
Ministering to the sick in hospitals and clinics
Feeding the poor in soup kitchens and food distribution centers
Clothing and sheltering the homeless
Tending to the elderly
Mentoring inner city students
Staffing day-care centers for poor working mothers
Providing job placement services for the unemployed
Assisting migrant workers
Staffing prison ministry programs
Sponsoring lectures and conferences on important social and ethical issues
The Auxiliary’s Opportunity in Lourdes
Every year members of the Auxiliary Corps, along with Knights, Dames, clergy, physicians and nurses, take Malades (French for “the sick”) on pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Auxiliaries are well known for their valuable assistance in caring for the Malades. This can involve pulling a voiture (cart) during a candlelight procession or the Stations of the Cross, accompanying a Malade to the Baths, or taking a Malade to the Grotto for a late night visit.
For more information about joining the American Association Auxiliary Corps please submit your information online or contact a Knight or a Dame in the American Association. They can find the Auxiliary Corps membership application in the Members Only section of the web site.