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.
Malades and caregivers unable to attend the annual Lourdes Pilgrimage can experience “Lourdes in a Day” at the St. Peter Claver Church in West Hartford, Connecticut. The Day includes Reconciliation, Rosary, Washing of the Feet, Anointing Mass, Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction. Between 25 and 50 Knights, Dames, and Auxiliary provide malades and caregivers with the opportunity to receive the sacraments and join in prayer and spiritual growth. The Annual Lourdes in a Day Pilgrimage is jointly sponsored by the American and Federal Associations. This project originated in 2014.
Defense of the Faith
In Old Lyme, Connecticut, approximately 10 Knights, Dames, and Auxiliary join retired priests from the diocese of Norwich for Mass and dinner. This year’s Liturgy was celebrated by Chaplain, Bishop Michael Cote. Members prepare and serve the dinner and provide transportation for those in need of assistance. This project originated in 2016.
Malta March for Madonna
Ten Knights, Dames, and Auxiliary provide needed assistance to women and children at drop in center. This project originated in 2017.
New Life Ministry of Old Lyme, Connecticut
This reentry program provides mentoring, employment assistance, medical help, and temporary housing to women at the Janet York Correctional Facility in Niantic, Connecticut. Each year, about 8-10 Knights, Dames, and Auxiliary assist at monthly Mass, provide weekly Bible studies, and conduct retreat days, all on the York campus. This project originated in 2008.
PARTNER TO GROW Community Garden
The community garden at the local Valley Shore YMCA in Westbrook helps to feed the needy at the Shoreline Pantry while providing the opportunity for volunteers of all ages to learn about green crops and work together to provide fresh produce. A local Knight works weekly with volunteers from spring ground-breaking through peak summer harvests to fall shutdown.