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.
Since 1993, local members plan, advertise and attend the Annual White Mass and Breakfast for medical personnel, Eucharistic Ministers and all those that serve the sick. The Order now works in
partnership with the Diocese of Bridgeport on this event.
Eucharistic Ministry to Hospitals and Nursing Homes
Knights and Dames visit local hospitals and nursing homes to pray with the residents and distribute the Eucharist.
Good Counsel Malta House
The Malta House provides a loving, nurturing, supportive, educational and spiritual living environment to women who find themselves in at risk pregnancies. Members are involved in a variety of activities including weekly Eucharistic Adoration, sandwich making for a homeless shelter, and Breakfast with Santa.
Kennedy’s Rosary Project
KRP’s mission is to makes hand-knotted MRI-safe nylon twine rosary chaplets to offer consolation and a safe rosary to be prayed anywhere. The MRI-safe Rosaries are packaged with instructions on how to pray the Rosary and are placed in KRP boxes, which shares Kennedy’s story in MRI centers, sent to soldiers and shared with those who are ill or suffering. Members are involved in making, finishing, and packaging the chaplets, preparing twine for rosaries, hosting rosary making events, and delivering rosaries to those in need.
Malta Justice Initiative, Inc
Local members are involved in a variety of local prison ministry-related activities including advocation, sacramental preparation, Bible study, and more. Click here for more information.
Monthly Rosary for Persecuted Christians
Knights, Dames, family, and friends call in and pray the Rosary for persecuted Christians on the first Tuesday of every month.
New Covenant Center
New Covenant Center serves 2 meals a day, 7 days a week to the homeless and financially stressed in Stamford, Connecticut. Members gather to prepare and serve the lunch meal to guests at NCC. They also clean up after the meals, unload grocery donations, and stock shelves in the pantry.
Spirituality Book Group
This book group provides members with the opportunity to enrich their own spiritual life and to explore examples of spirituality in action that can inspire our mission of serving the poor and the sick.
Saint Catherine Academy
Saint Catherine Academy is a state-approved, private special education school serving students of all faiths who are impacted with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities. Members shop for peanut butter, jelly, bread, and sandwich bags and work side-by-side with students of Saint Catherine’s to make 300 PB&J sandwiches for the homeless at Thomas Merton Center. Knights and Dames also volunteer for Library Story Hour, reading stories to the students.
Saint Joseph Parenting Center
Saint Joseph Parenting Center (“SJPC”) provides parenting education and family support (including food) for at-risk families. Members teach classes in English and Spanish and serve meals on class days.
Shepherds serves financially and academically disadvantaged, inner city high school students in southwestern CT area and provides them with the opportunity to receive a college preparatory
education along with the guidance and support of an adult mentor, and a four year program of academic and life skills workshops. Member serving as mentors meet two to three times a month with their student, track their grades and attendance, and enjoy a wide variety of cultural, athletic, and academic activities of mutual interest.
Thomas Merton Center Monthly Breakfast
Thomas Merton Center House of Hospitality serves daily breakfast and lunch to approximately 300 individuals in an area where there are no grocery stores and no access to fresh meat or produce. Knights and Dames plan the menu, purchase the food at a local warehouse, and deliver it to Merton Center so that they can prepare, cook, and serve the meal to those in need.
World Day of Prayer for the Sick
Twice a year, around the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of Prayer for the Sick, members come together to celebrate Mass and the Sacrament of the Sick in the Bridgeport Diocese.