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 following readings should be a part of the material you review during your year of formation or as a reference for your spiritual and intellectual growth.
Regulations and Commentary (PDF): This book written at the Sovereign Magistry and approved by the Grand Master and the Sovereign Council is a basic primer on the rules and regulations of the Order. It contains history, background and clear explanations of many of the facets of the Order of Malta.
Chaplains’ education essays: These essays are part of an educational series being prepared by the Chaplains of the Order to provide deeper insight into important topics related to the Order, to spirituality and to specific topics that should be of interest to members. This link will take you to all of the essays which are currently available.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church: This is a basic text for members of the Catholic Church. While not necessarily intended to be read from cover to cover in one sitting, it is an important reference book for every Catholic. You should read it in whatever mode works for you but over time, you should read the complete book.The following readings address the role of the laity within the Church and are required readings during the year of preparation: