Order of Malta


Boston Area Home

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.

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.

Find the Boston Area Online

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Order of Malta, American Association, U.S.A.

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