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.
Members of the Order prepare and serve a hot meal to approximately 175 homeless/poor people at the Cathedral Kitchen 1~2 days per month.
Feeding the Poor at John H. Boner Community Center
Local Knights and Dames prepare and serve a meal to the residents of the John H. Boner Community Center at the Byrne Court Apartments once per month. Ministry includes cooking the
meals at members’ homes and transporting to the center where members serve the meals.
Order of Malta members work with the Social Services Department to minister to terminally ill patients in hospice or palliative care on a weekly basis at the Roudebush, VA Hospital.
SMOM Food Distribution
Knights and Dames pickup and distribute food to the poor from the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry and distribute to approximately 15 families weekly.
St. Thomas More Free Clinic
A local Area member provides nursing care to patients at the St. Thomas More Clinic and sits on the Board of Directors as Secretary/Treasurer.
Veterans Administration Eucharistic Ministry
A Knight works in the VA Chaplaincy office to provide Eucharistic Minister/Chaplain services to Roman Catholic patients on the day of the week when the Roman Catholic Priest is away serving another facility.