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.
The Long Island Area of Malta sponsors and hosts a Christmas dinner party and entertainment for the residents of this 450 bed Catholic Nursing Home. Malta volunteers and their families serve dinner and provide hospitality to the residents. Prayer cards and Lourdes water have been provided to residents.
Life Center of Long Island and Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats
Assisting women facing a crisis pregnancy, giving information they need including information on fetal development, abortion risks and support services available to them. Providing the facts to clients about abortion, contraception, and sexually transmitted diseases; providing character/personal integrity-building education and promoting sexual abstinence education to our youth through Long Island Teen Freedom; counseling and training in Natural Family Planning; a healing ministry to sexually abused women; a healing ministry to women and men who have been affected by abortion; providing parents and expectant parents with necessary baby items; helping our clients complete their education and become independent with marketable employment skills; providing short-term housing assistance.
Pius X Residence
Long Island members, auxiliary, and their families visit and assist retired and infirm priests, brightening their home with Christmas decorations and cheer at this special time of our liturgical seasons. Members also prepare and print an annual Directory of Retired Priests in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, which is distributed to the priests of the Diocese. Throughout the year members tend to the needs of the retired priests, and provide them with support and fellowship, such as a dinner or special night at the theater.
Plan Your Family Naturally- DVD
Join Natural Family Planning (NFP) educators Dr. Jennifer and Matthew DeMarco as they reveal one of the Catholic Church’s best kept secrets: an effective, simple, and natural approach to family planning. This is not the old-fashioned rhythm method.
The Order of Malta along with the Diocese of RVC produced a DVD video introducing Natural Family Planning, in an effort to defend the faith and debunk the cultural stereotypes about the Church’s teachings on sexuality, procreation, and marital love. Using modern scientific methods, nearly 100% effective, NFP allows married couples to achieve, or safely postpone, pregnancy. The video effectively transmits the benefits of removing artificial barriers to God’s plan for the full, free, faithful and fruitful union of sacramental marriage. This knowledge is too fundamental for people not to know.
Polar Bear Plunge
Members of the Order participate and support a “Polar Bear Plunge” into the Atlantic Ocean held in December. The Order also assists the funding of a Medical Transportation Program providing free transportation to the poor, the sick, and the elderly, for medical appointments. This is an ongoing service to over 400 clients per year.
St. Martha’s Outreach
Members provide volunteer staffing of the Parish Outreach Center.