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.
Four members of the Houston area prepare and serve lunch to approximately 300-350 homeless men, women, & children every Monday through Friday. This projected originated in 2008.
Two members of the Houston Area, in conjunction with the Federal Association, distribute Bibles and Prayer Books to those in the Harris County jails. They provide the ‘Heaven speaks to Prisoners’ pamphlets to the chaplain of Correctional Ministries of Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston for distribution in the Harris County jails.
Members also participate in the pen pal program, led by the Federal Association. They write letters to prisoners and design and print prayer cards. This project originated in Houston in 2013.