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.
Continuing our great legacy of providing medical care for those in need, Cathedral Care is an initiative founded by the Order that provides free health and nutrition screenings, vaccinations clinics, and other preventative health help to the elderly and low-income in Boston’s South End and surrounding communities. Headquartered at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, this ministry relies on Malta volunteers with either health care experience or the desire to serve those in need.
Catholic Cancer Support
Whether through a family member, friend, colleague, or our own personal experience, cancer impacts nearly all of us at some point in our lives. In response to this reality, members of our Order founded this special ministry that supports survivors and their families and friends throughout diagnosis and treatment. With Christ at the center of this ministry, members of the Order are encouraged to join or create their own Catholic Cancer Care ministry at their parish. By participating in this ministry, you live our call to share the healing love of Christ with the sick and suffering.
As Knights and Dames, we don’t just talk about feeding the hungry. We actually do it. Partnering 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 one of the poorest communities in the Commonwealth. 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.
Little Sisters of the Poor
On the First Friday of each month, members of the Order of Malta gather at the Jeanne Jugan Residence of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Somerville. We usually arrive just before 11AM for the morning liturgy in the Chapel on the second floor. Afterwards, we serve lunch to the residents. If you care to join us on an upcoming First Friday, please feel free to contact Craig Gibson via email or call him at (781) 799-6510.
Members of the Order, Auxiliary, and friends reach out to the needy through our Malta Walk. The group meets every other Wednesday evening to serve the homeless of the City of Boston. Starting from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the walk addresses chronic challenges plaguing the homeless with a program that prepares and distributes critical care packages while engaging in conversational encounters with those served.
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 and praying for our brothers and sisters incarcerated. With our presence and our prayers, we can bring the saving love of Christ to those who may feel forgotten or unworthy of Christ’s love.