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 24 members of the Board of Councillors are elected by the membership in a general election. They serve a 3-year term, after which, they can choose to run for a second term. The officers are board members who are elected by the board to serve for three years or until their term expires if not reelected to the Board by the general membership. The exception is the President who is elected directly by the general membership for three years as the 25th member of the board and is eligible for a second term.
Dr. Peter J. Kelly, MD, GCM
Boston Area, Member since 1998
Dr. Peter Kelly is a semi-retired ophthalmologist who owns and operates two offices and a Surgical Center in western Massachusetts. Peter is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received his medical degree from Georgetown University. He completed his residency at Tufts New England Medical Center, where he became chief resident. Peter has held several leadership positions in his field, including President of the Medical Staff.
A member of the Order of Malta for almost 20 years, Peter was elected to the Board of Councillors in 2009. During two terms, he became Vice Hospitaller from 2012 to 2014, and then Hospitaller from 2014 to 2015, where he and Tom Reedy re-launched the Association Retreats. Peter has participated in 10 Lourdes Pilgrimages as a member of the medical committee. He has also served on the Spirituality, Grants, Membership and Nominating committees of the Board of Councillors.
Peter devotes a significant amount of time to International Medical Mission work. Since 1993, he has been traveling to Haiti, bringing an entire eye surgical team where he performs free care and surgery at Hôpital Sacré Coeur, a Catholic hospital operated by CRUDEM. Through this work, he was elected to be Vice President and President of the Board for a span of 9 years from 2003 to 2012. During that time, Peter demonstrated extraordinary leadership during the Haiti post-earthquake relief efforts of 2010. He worked with a Board of 20, comprised of members of the American, Federal and Western Associations to facilitate the many decisions required to deal with the challenges of patient care in a hospital that expanded from 64 to over 400 beds.
Peter is happily married to his wife, Linda, also a member of the Order and a hospice chaplain for 43 years. They have three grown children—two sons who are both physicians and a daughter who is a special-ed teacher. They are also the proud grandparents of 2 grandsons.
Edward J. Delaney, KM
Boston Area, Member since 2012
Ed Delaney has served on the Board since 2016, assuming a leadership role on a number of initiatives.
As Co-Chair of the Communications Committee, Ed helped drive the development of the new Association web site, the mobile application, and automation of many of the American Association functions, such as applications to Lourdes and Association Retreats.
In 2018, Ed assumed responsibility as Chair of the Admissions and Formation Committee, having served on this Committee for the previous two years. During that time, he worked collaboratively with the Membership Committee on an updated Membership Application and the soon-to-be-released new Year of Formation Online Curriculum.
Additionally, Ed is the Northeast Director supporting Area Leadership throughout the 6 Northeastern Areas. He has previously been an active member of the Nominating, Spirituality and Auxiliary Committees.
As Vice-President and a board member of Malteser International Americas, Ed has personally visited many of the humanitarian projects supported by the Order. He also took a leadership role in the development efforts to support Hurricane Harvey and Maria Relief.
In the Boston Area, Ed regularly serves in the Order’s local ministries: the Cor Unum Meal Center in Lawrence, MA; and Malta Walks, a bi-weekly street ministry delivering essentials to the homeless community of Boston.
Ed is a Board Member at Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School in Lawrence, MA and is on the Advisory Board of the Little Sisters of Poor Residence in Somerville, MA. He also is a Confirmation CCD teacher at St. Mary’s Parish in Winchester, MA.
Professionally, Ed has enjoyed a career as a technology entrepreneur having founded and led two successful companies in the Boston Area.
A Boston College alumnus, Ed is married to his wife Kathy and has two children; Mary and Joe.
James F. O’Connor, GCMOb
Massachusetts Area, Member since 1993 Mr. O’Connor passed away in June 2020. May he rest in peace.
Jim entered into Obedience (Second Class of the Order) in 2004 and is a member of the Sub-Priory of Our Lady of Lourdes. From 2005 to 2011, he was a member of the Board of Councillors for two terms and during his second term, he was elected Treasurer, Chair of the Membership and Area Development Committees, Member of the Executive Committee and Strategic Planning Committee, and Chair of the Sub-Committee on Membership. In 2007, he was elected President of the Order of Malta Worldwide Relief-MI Americas. He served as a Board Member of the Worldwide Board of Malteser International. Jim is currently serving his third term as Treasurer of the Board of Councillors.
Jim received the Grand Officer- Pro Merito Melitensi Award in 2011 for his outstanding leadership coordinating medical and food/shelter relief after the Haiti Earthquake in 2010. The Order of Malta, in 2014, awarded him the Grand Cross for his many works and contributions. In December 2016, Jim was awarded the Grand Cross – Pro Merito Melitensi for his work as President of Malteser International Americas.
Jim graduated from the Boston Latin School, Boston College, BS (magna cum laude) and the Swiss School of Economics MLC (distinction). He has attended 18 Lourdes pilgrimages and served as the Boston Area Chair from 2000 to 2006. Jim also chaired the Membership Leadership Conference in Boston in 2001 and was instrumental in establishing annual Area Chair meetings in 2000.
Currently, Jim is Managing Director of The Chartwell Company (investment banking), CPA and operations executive, and a board member of several public/private companies. Before working closely with Sean Cardinal O’Malley, Jim served as the Co-Chair of the Operations and Financial Group of the Boston Archdiocese from 2005 to 2007, the Trustee and Member of the Finance Counsel of the Boston Archdiocese from 2006 to 2008, and a member of the Board of Governors, Caritas Christi Healthcare System-Boston from 2008 to 2011.
He is a Eucharistic Minister at St. Paul’s Parish in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Jim and his wife, Anne O’Connor, have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Peter D. Bewley, KM
Naples Area, Member since 2009
Peter has been Area Chair of the Naples Area since 2015. He previously chaired the Area Respect Life Ministry. He is a board member and treasurer of the Order of Malta Hospitality Center at the shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Green Bay and a member of the American Association Strategic Planning Committee. He has made three pilgrimages to Lourdes since 2008. He made the pilgrimage to Our Lady of Good Help in 2018 and 2019 and has attended the Association’s spring retreat in Lutz, FL, for three years.
Peter and his wife, Lee, were pre-Cana team members in St. Gabriel Parish in Marlboro, NJ, and St. Brigid Parish in Peapack, NJ. He was also a Eucharistic Minister at Corpus Christi in Piedmont, CA, and is a Eucharistic Minister at St. William in Naples. Pete is on the Community Pregnancy Clinics, Inc., Expansion Task Force. He was for 14 years a member of the Board of Directors of Children Now, a children’s advocacy organization, and was Vice-Chair and Treasurer for 10 years.
Pete is a past member of the Boards of Directors of the Tractor Supply Company and the WD-40 Company, where he chaired the Nominating and Governance committees. He was formerly the General Counsel of the Clorox Company, the General Counsel of NovaCare, Inc., and the Associate General Counsel of Johnson & Johnson. Pete received his law degree from Stanford University, where he serves on the Board of Visitors, and his undergraduate degree cum laude from Princeton University.
Kenneth R. Craig, KM
New York City Area, Member since 2004
Ken joined the Order as an Auxiliary in 2001 and became a Knight in 2004. He has been an annual Lourdes pilgrim since 2003 and Pilgrimage Co-President since 2014. Ken was a member of the Board of Councillors from 2009 – 2014 and again beginning in 2017. Ken was Secretary of the Malta Human Services Foundation Board from 2015 – 1018 and serves as Master of Ceremonies for the annual Investiture weekend.
Ken is Co-Chair of the Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Wisconsin. He has been actively involved with the global Order, championing the Association’s participation in the International Camp for Young Disabled and the Blessed Gerard Retreat in Rome for young members of the Order. In 2014, Ken was appointed by the Grand Chancellor as Observer to the Australian Association and Subpriory of the Immaculate Conception. He has served as NY Area Treasurer, Auxiliary Coordinator, and for many years, raised funds for the Lourdes Pilgrimage and Terence Cardinal Cooke Hospital by designing and selling Order of Malta-branded merchandise.
Ken holds a Bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in Management and International Business from New York University. He has worked as a technology and operations executive in the investment banking industry for almost thirty years. Ken serves on the Staten Island Catholic Schools board. Ken and his wife, Suzanne, reside in Manhattan and are parishioners at Holy Trinity Parish where they are Extraordinary Ministers.