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.
Welcome to the Missouri Area of the American Association, USA, Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta. This is the web site of our Area. The St. Louis Area is within the Archdiocese of St. Louis. We have one Candidate from Columbia, MO, located in the Diocese of Jefferson City.
The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson
At present we have 128 Knights and Dames in our Area. Four Candidates will be Invested in November. The Auxiliary boasts 29 Members.
Our Archbishop, the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, serves as the Conventual Chaplain of the American Association.
Bishop Edward Rice was installed January 13, 2011 and serves the Archdiocese as Vicar General.
Bishop Robert Hermann, retired in 2011.
Our Order’s Magistral Chaplain is Reverend Monsignor Vernon E. Gardin.
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary located in St. Louis County has over one hundred young men studying for the priesthood.