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.
If the work we do is something you believe would nurture your spirituality and your call to serve others, we would welcome speaking with you about membership. Here are the steps involved in becoming a member:
Sponsorship. Your sponsor may be someone you know who is in the Order, or you may contact our membership committee to find out how to obtain a sponsor.
The Membership Committee. A member of the committee will meet with you to discuss what it means to be a member.
Year of Formation. Each candidate undergoes a formation process during the course of the year. During this time candidates learn about the Order of Malta, including its spirituality, works, rules, history and traditions. They also become involved in hands-on ministries and may participate in pilgrimages, retreats and other activities.
Investiture. New Knights and Dames are invested into the Order in the fall at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.
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