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.
In our effort to support the Order’s mission to care for the sick and the poor in their communities, our area has partnered with a number of organizations including:
House of the Good Shepherd
House of the Good Shepherd specializes in returning dignity and function to people whose lives are limited by homelessness, poverty, food insecurity, lack of education, unhealthy living conditions and especially the debilitating trauma and isolation of domestic violence.
Knights and Dames helped maintain the home of and serve quarterly suppers to the residents of L’Arche Chicago. L’Arche is an International Federation dedicated to the creation and growth of homes, programs, and support networks for people who have intellectual disabilities.
Little Sisters of the Poor
The Little Sisters of the Poor dedicate their lives to serving the elderly poor. Illinois Area Knights and Dames have been honored to support the Little Sisters of the Poor – St. Mary’s Home in Chicago through various programs including Mass and Anointing of the Sick in observance of the World Day of the Sick and Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes; Mass and Rosary Procession in commemoration of the Assumption; and an annual summer barbecue for residents.