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 American Association, USA was created in 1927 and has 33 regional areas in the United States of which the Boston Area is a part. The Boston Area was established in 1974 to include Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Rhode Island. Under the guidance of Boston Area Board Members, almost 400 Knights, Dames and Auxiliary share their time and talent in a variety of charitable works. You can learn more about the activities of the Boston Area throughout this web site.
Current members are asked to use this site to review upcoming events and learn about our Spirituality in Action. You can also use this site to participate in the Prayer Line and to update your personal information.
Visitors are welcome to use this site to learn about the Order’s history, mission, volunteer work and spiritual life. You will also find information on how to contact us.
Order of Malta Mass Cards can also be requested through this site.
We appreciate your interest and look forward to being of service to you.
History of the Boston Area
1974 – 1984 The first Area Chair appointed was the distinguished and Honorable Ambassador John A. Volpe.
1984 – 1994 John A. Kaneb served as Area Chair for ten years.
1987 Women were invited to join the Order of Malta and Boston welcomed Charlotte Flatley and Ginny Kaneb among its first Dames.
1994* – 2000 John V. McManmon, Jr. served (2) three-year terms as Area Chair.
*In 1994 the American Association revised its Area Chair term of office to three years.
2000 – 2006 James F. O’Connor** was elected and served two terms as Area Chair.
**With the advent of new by-laws, Area Chairs, as well as the Association’s Board of Councillors, became elected positions. James F. O’Connor was the first Boston Area elected Chair.
2006 to 2009 Joseph H. Feitelberg was elected to serve a three-year term as Area Chair.
2009 to 2012 Suzanne Downing was elected to serve a three-year term as Area Chair.
2013 to Present Damien DeVasto was elected to serve as Area Chair.