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.
An important resource for Candidates in their Year of Formation
The Year of Formation Program has been developed to provide those of you in your Year of Formation with an important resource as you make your way through the year leading to your Investiture. The core of the formation program educational material is the series of eight modules and the Year of Preparation Primer, an explanation of the Order, its history, its membership and the American Association. You will work with your Area Chair and Sponsor to determine the process to be used to review the modules. The Modules are intended to be instructional and can be referred to as often as needed.
There are certain readings which the Code requires that members be familiar, including readings that are helpful in understanding the Catholic faith we seek to give witness to and to defend and readings on the role of the laity in the Church. Also included in the Year of Formation Program are a set of informative and interesting videos about the Order and the Association. May your Year of Formation provide you with all the graces and understanding needed to prepare for your journey on the path to spiritual growth in the tradition of the Order of Malta!
The Year of Formation Program resources are available to all members; members may find the information useful and helpful in rounding out their understanding of what the Order is really all about.
Persons outside the Order who are merely interested in learning more about the “Order of Malta” which they may have heard mentioned may also find the material of interest in expanding their understanding of the Order of Malta.