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.
Knights and Dames prepare casseroles to take to the homeless.
Order of Malta Members attend and care for the Malades while in Lourdes. It is our expression as a lay religious Order to work, pray, and offer comfort to those who are suffering.
Missouri Area members serve in the area of pregnancy support in many capacities. Several Knights and Dames serve on the board of our Lady’s Inn, a maternity home for homeless pregnant women and their children. Members and Auxiliary also pray in front of the Planned Parenthood building.
Local members are involved in a variety of Prison Ministry-related activities. Knights and Dames established a committee to work with the Let’s Start Prison Ministry, providing support for women currently incarcerated and or released from prison. Members, joined by the criminal justice system, provide basic needs to men incarcerated or recently release from prison. They also serve on the board of St. Patrick Center, a center that provides job training for those released from prison or homeless.
Members join together for the recitation of the Rosary once a month.