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 over 30 Areas 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 at over 100 hundred organizations, including food banks, hospitals, pregnancy support centers, homeless shelters and mentoring programs for at risk children.
We are a vibrant, spiritual community committed to serving others and growing ever closer to Christ. Below are descriptions of our outreach ministries. For more information, please click here to contact us.
Barnstable County REC Program
Residents Encounter Christ (REC) is a three day spiritual retreat based on the Cursillo/Echo format for the residents of the jail. The theme of each weekend reflects the Paschal Mystery: Christ has died, Christ is risen, and Christ will come again. The program is held six times a year with three retreats for men and three retreats for women.
As Knights and Dames, we don’t just talk about feeding the hungry, we actually do it. Since January 2013, we have partnered with Cor Unum, a meal center in Lawrence, MA. Members of the Order help prepare and serve meals to underfed women, men and children in this, the poorest city in Massachusetts. Guests are served on china plates at comfortable, round tables in a freshly decorated room. By greeting each guest with dignity, respect and love, we are feeding the bodies and souls of the hungry.
Dismas Home of New Hampshire
Dismas Home of New Hampshire (DHNH) is a faith-based organization that provides formerly incarcerated women support, recovery and re-entry services, offering them a second chance at life. Knights and Dames volunteer in a variety of ways, including board participation, visiting the residents, cooking and serving communal meals, resource development and communications, financial training, transportation, shopping and home improvements and maintenance.
Little Sisters of the Poor
In the spring of 2015, we began a hands-on ministry with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Somerville, MA. The Little Sisters of the Poor is an international congregation of Roman Catholic women that serves the elderly poor in more than 30 countries around the world. On First Friday each month, Order of Malta members join the residents at the Jeanne Jugan Residence for their daily 11:00 a.m. Mass in the Little Sisters Chapel. After Mass the members help the dining staff serve lunch in the home’s two dining rooms, then sit and talk with the residents, making connections and bringing smiles.
The Boston Area conducts a Malta Walk every other Wednesday evening to serve the homeless. Starting from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, volunteers walk through adjacent areas distributing care packages. The Walk is a way of engaging the homeless with conversation, care and hospitality. Through our fellowship and solidarity with the people we meet, we encounter Christ. While open to all members, this ministry has proven to be an opportunity for many auxiliary members in their 20s and 30s to live out their calling, encourage their friends to learn about the Order and strengthen their sense of community. The Boston Area Malta Walk was initiated in the summer of 2015.
Throughout history, the Order of Malta has been a voice for the disenfranchised and marginalized. Today, through our Prison Ministry, we continue this tradition by visiting with and praying for our incarcerated brothers and sisters. With our presence and our prayers, we can bring the saving love of Christ to those who may feel forgotten or unworthy. The Boston Area’s Prison Ministry includes Rosary Prayer Group at the Essex County House of Corrections, spiritual direction at MCI Framingham, weekly liturgy group at MCI Norfolk, Rosary and Discussion at MCI Concord, and The Serving Brother.
St. Clare’s Residence for Women
St. Clare’s Residence is a Roman Catholic, faith-based program for women who have just had a court ordered release to St. Clare’s. It is a six month program sponsored by the Diocese of Fall River. Volunteers visit with residents at the house, provide supervision, provide assistance with transportation to meetings, appointments, church services.
York County Prisoner Re-Entry Project
This re-entry program for inmates at York County Jail offers resouces to assist with employment, housing, and a variety of treatment programs. Members volunteer their time collaborating with agencies and groups in the local community to initiate and develop relationships for employment, housing, and healthcare issues.