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 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.
The Eastern Connecticut Area of The Order of Malta is a relatively small group yet very active in carrying out and supporting the key programs of the American Association. The members concentrate on the Order Spirituality events and other regular activities, such as: the Sunday Rosary and monthly webinars. A large group attends the annual Association Retreat at the Betania II Retreat Center, Medway MA in September and Diocese of Norwich Chrism Mass. The Area supports the Annual Pilgrimages to Lourdes and to Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, WI with strong participation in the CT Lourdes in a Day. The Area is involved in many essential local services: Catholic Charities, The New Life Prison Ministry, The Haitian Health Foundation, Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers, hospital ministries, and regional food pantries plus soup kitchens.
Eastern Connecticut Area holds three meetings with Mass each year to coincide with Lent, The Nativity of St. John the Baptist, and Advent, followed by lunch or dinner. Each starts with a brief period for business, time for sharing our mission work, and thought-provoking reflections usually led by Bishop Cote, Ch.C, Rev. Thom Kelly, Ch.M, or special guest speakers. Officers and members attend the annual Investiture each November in New York City and consider it a highlight of the year. We are always pleased when new members join our ranks to assist in promoting the works of Christ and of the Order for the needy and sick.
With warmest regards,
Richard J. Feil, Chair
Robert J. O’Hara, Hospitaller Eastern CT Area