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.
Books Behind Bars
Members collect and deliver books to incarcerated men and women.
Eucharistic Ministry to Hospitals and Nursing Homes
Knights and Dames visit 14 local hospitals and nursing homes to pray with the residents and distribute the Eucharist.
Good Counsel Malta House
The Malta House provides support, education, and a spiritual-living environment to women who find themselves in at-risk pregnancies.
Good Friday Stations of the Cross
Members host a Stations of the Cross for members, family, and friends to attend on Good Friday.
Kennedy’s Rosary Project
KRP’s mission is to makes hand-knotted MRI-safe Rosaries and distributing to hospitals throughout the world and country including, Connecticut and New York. As of June 1, 2020, 1,500 Rosaries have been delivered to those suffering from COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic.
A Legacy Project
This project is designed to reach out to individuals who are suffering from chronic illness or have begun Palliative or hospice Care for a terminal Illness.
Letters to COVID-19 Patients & Hospital Staff
Members send handmade cards and write letters to COVID-19 patients ad hospital staff every week. As of June 1, 2020, members have sent more than 1,000 cards.
Lourdes in a Day Mass and Anointing
Members host an annual Lourdes in a Day Mass and Anointing for local members and those in the community to attend.
Lourdes Mass and Reunion for Malades
Every year, members put together a Mass and Reunion for Lourdes Pilgrimage Malades to celebrate their experience traveling on the American Association’s Lourdes Pilgrimage.
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 the homeless and financially stressed in Stamford, Connecticut. Members gather to prepare and serve lunch to guests, as well as clean up after the meals, unload grocery donations, and stock shelves in the pantry. During the COVID-19 pandemic, members supply 150 Grab & Go Meals per week while still preparing and serving meals each month and helping in the food pantry. Members have also helped lead food drives for the NCC pantry during COVID-19.
Online Weekly Rosary
Members answer Pope Francis’ call to pray the Rosary for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Rosary is held online Monday through Thursday every week.
Pen Pal Program
Local members participate in the American Association’s Pen Pal Program, making meaningful connections with incarcerated men and women.
Room to Grow Preschool
Members make 200 bagged meals each week and host food drives to feed the food insecure families of Room to Grow Preschool in Norwalk, CT.
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.
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 once a month. During the COVID-19 pandemic, members host food drives and provide 150 Grab & Go Meals per week.
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.