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.
These modules are presented in video format, with PowerPoint slides, a voiceover script, and appropriate photos to help illustrate and deliver the message.
Your Sponsor and Area Chair will provide you with information on how the modules will be deployed in your Area. In some cases, they may be used as group instruction; in other cases, they will be used individually. In all cases, the modules provide a strong basis and background about the Order you are preparing to join. You should put a plan in place with your Sponsor to ensure you complete all the modules within your formation year.
All of the modules should be reviewed by each candidate during the Year of Preparation. In some Areas, the modules reviews will be scheduled for all the candidates and will include a discussion group. In other Areas, they will be reviewed individually and should be followed by a discussion with the sponsor and/or the Area Chair.
To access the videos for the modules, just click on the title next to the numbers below.
Module 1 presents a discussion on the Year of Preparation. When you complete this module, you should have a clearer idea of what to expect during the coming year, leading up to your Investiture. A brief review of the application process and the admissions review is also included.
In this module, you will learn enough about the Order of Malta to give you a solid foundation on which to build your year of preparation. You will learn where the basis for spiritual growth through hands-on work got its start. You will learn what a religious lay order is and why joining it is such a serious matter requiring a year-long discernment period.
You are seeking to become part of an Order which spreads around the globe. Knights and Dames become conscious of the geographical universality of the Order of Malta. Recitation of the Daily Prayer of the Order reminds us all that there are fellow Knights and Dames around the world reciting the same prayer each day.
The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, known more commonly as the Order of Malta, is an organization with a rich, complex history dating back to the year 1099, and even earlier. It was formed as a hospitaller order and religious order, and later became a military force during the Crusades. Its hospitals were, for hundreds of years, the most advanced in the world. Today it remains a lay religious order of the Roman Catholic Church; one of its primary functions provides international relief to those marginalized by war, natural disaster, or systemic poverty.
Module 5 presents an overview of the Works and Ministries in which members of the Order pursue their own spiritual development through participation in hands-on work. When a person becomes a member of the Order of Malta, he or she is expected to pursue a lifetime journey of spiritual development that takes form through active engagement in helping the sick and the poor, giving witness to our Faith by our works of charity towards those in need.
Module 6 provides a closer look at the Order of Malta’s annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes, France. Each year, Knights and Dames from all over the world meet in Lourdes with sick Pilgrims, caregivers, medical teams, clergy, Auxiliary and volunteers.
Throughout the Year of Prep Formation program, you have been learning about your entrance into the Third Class of the Order of Malta and the important commitment you are making in joining one of the oldest Order’s in the Roman Catholic Church. The focus of the first six modules of this program is on what it means to be a member of the Third Class of the Order of Malta. This module will introduce you to the entire breadth of the Order of Malta with a particular focus on the first and Second Class and the close relationship all members of the Order share.