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.
These clinics provide unwavering support for mothers facing unplanned pregnancies. Services include counseling, ultrasounds, abortion pill rescue, adoption information, baby food and clothing, equipment and
Eucharistic Ministry to the Homebound
Members provide the Eucharist and communion service to the home-bound in the Naples Area as well as shut-ins at a local retirement community.
Hope for Haiti Volunteering
Hope for Haiti is an international development organization that has been working in Haiti for 28 years. Founded by JoAnne Kuehner, DM, in 1989, this organization partners with private donors to create community-based sustainable change through a grassroots approach.
Meals of Hope (Mobile Food Pantry)
Meals of Hope provides food for individuals and families who need such assistance. Local members volunteer at this mobile food pantry every month when it is parked at a low income housing development near downtown Naples.
Naples Lion Clubs Free Eye Clinic
This clinic supports over 2,000 eye screenings at community and day centers annually, as well as referring or providing free care to those in need. Payments can also be arranged through the clinic for eye surgery for indigent residents of Collier County. The clinic also utilizes advanced technology to discover “Lazy Eye” in preschool children, photography for diabetic retinopathy, and provides special scholarships for student nurses.
Power Pack Weekend Food Ministry
Members pack special food bags for over 250 poor elementary school children, who are on the free meal program in school, to take home with them so that they have food over the weekend.
Local Knights and Dames coordinate Catholic Prison Ministry activities at the Naples Jail for male and female inmates. They hold prayer services, give out communion and hand out weekly prayers that encourage reading of the Bible daily. They also coordinate the provision of Bibles and other devotional materials and spiritual support from the American Association for inmates throughout the Diocese of Venice.