The Auxiliary Corps of the American Association, U.S.A.
The American Association Auxiliary Corps works in association with the Order of Malta whose mission as a lay religious order of the Catholic Church is to care for the sick and poor and to defend the Catholic faith.
What is the Auxiliary Corps?
- Beginning in 2006, the Auxiliary Corps took on a new presence in the American Association.
- The new "ageless" Auxiliary Corps may help with American Association projects and can initiate its own projects and experiences to create a strong and vibrant membership.
- Auxiliaries fully support and participate in all the spiritual and ministerial activities of the Order, as well as their own projects and programs.
Who May Join the Auxiliary Corps?
- Any practicing Catholic lay person 18 years of age or older who is sponsored by a Knight or Dame.
- Candidates must be willing and able to commit fully to the mission of the Order of Malta as expressed in the motto: "Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum" nurturing, witnessing and protecting the faith and service to the poor.
What are the Criteria for Joining?
- Learn about the history, spirituality, works, projects and ministries of the Order of Malta
- Attend American Association area spiritual and educational events
- Volunteer in American Association works, projects, and ministries
- Participate in the American Association events in their area
- Consider a lifetime commitment to the Order of Malta by becoming a Knight or Dame
- Pay a small initiation fee and annual dues
In What Activities are Auxiliaries Involved?
- Ministering to the sick in hospitals and clinics
- Feeding the poor in soup kitchens and food distribution centers
- Clothing and sheltering the homeless
- Tending to the elderly
- Mentoring inner city students
- Staffing day-care centers for poor working mothers
- Providing job placement services for the unemployed
- Assisting migrant workers
- Staffing prison ministry programs
- Sponsoring lectures and conferences on important social and ethical issues
The Auxiliary's Opportunity in Lourdes
- Every year members of the Auxiliary Corps, along with Knights, Dames, clergy, physicians and nurses, take Malades (French for "the sick") on pilgrimage to Lourdes.
- Auxiliaries are well known for their valuable assistance in caring for the Malades. This can involve pulling a voiture (cart) during a candlelight procession or the Stations of the Cross, accompanying a Malade to the Baths, or taking a Malade to the Grotto for a late night visit.
For more information about joining the American Association Auxiliary Corps please send us an e-mail, or contact a Knight or a Dame in the American Association. They can find the Auxiliary Corps membership application in the Members Only section of the web site.