Order of Malta

Membership in the American Association


A good candidate is an exemplary Catholic lay person in good standing, residing in the United States, who has achieved or is achieving distinction in his/her field, who faithfully provides outstanding service to church and community and is willing and able to commit to the Order as expressed in the motto:

“Tuitio fidei et obsequium pauperum”

Nurturing, witnessing and protecting the faith and assistance to the poor and the suffering

Membership in the Order of Malta is by invitation only and each prospective member must be sponsored by a member. The sponsor, a Knight or Dame, mentors the candidate throughout the Year of Formation preceding his or her Investiture into the Order. After approval by the Admissions Committee and the American Association Board of Councillors, final approval is given by the Sovereign Council in Rome.

What is the Year of Formation?

Candidates spend a year in formation, during which they learn about the history of the Order of Malta, spirituality and hospitaller work. They attend Area and Association spiritual and educational events, volunteer in Order of Malta works and are invited to participate in the Lourdes Pilgrimage and Association retreats. At the end of the year, the candidates may express their commitment and complete their application process.

Visit the Year of Formation section for more details.

What are the commitments?

It requires a serious intention of lifetime commitment to Order of Malta spirituality, defense of the faith and personal service to the sick and the poor, and the Lourdes Pilgrimage.

Click here to download a brochure with more information regarding membership in the Order.


Order of Malta

American Association, U.S.A
St. Patrick’s Cathedral Parish House
14 E 51st Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 371-1522