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 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.
Sixteen Knights, Dames, and Auxiliary of the Order of Malta help Birth Haven provide shelter, support and education for homeless, pregnant women and girls. Our members work and support various fund raisers throughout the year and volunteer in the life-skills program.
The Discovery House is a spiritual center for families of children with special needs, the chronically ill, inner city children and adjudicated youth. Members of the New Jersey Are provide a variety of services and spiritual support to those in the Discovery House.
Food Packs to Go
Food Packs to Go is a new work for the Trenton Diocese for children living in transitional housing. Volunteers meet on the last Thursday of each month to assemble and deliver food packs to Linkages, a Catholic Charities work in Tinton Falls, NJ.
Ninety Knights, Dames, and Auxiliary fully staff St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen one Saturday every other month. This soup kitchen serves the homeless and marginalized segment of the Newark population. Members provides lunch and dinner to 175 to 225 individuals in a Christian Catholic setting. St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen also provides groceries from its pantry three times a month.
Friendship Corner: Food Backpacks
Members gather at Christ the King Church, New Vernon, once a month to fill 240 backpacks of non-perishable food items for three-to-five-year-old youngsters. The bags are then transported to a daycare center, LaVida 3, in Paterson where they are distributed to the children at the end of the month when family food stamp benefits may run out and supplemental nutrition is required.
Knights for Christ the Healer
Seven Knights, Dames and Auxiliary together with two Chaplains of the Order participate in this work. Knights for Christ the Healer through its mobile outreach team assists veterans with obtaining information and initiating compensation claim processing in conjunction with the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The organization performs an educational role, raising public awareness of existing services and benefits that are available to veterans. In addition, the organization perform minor housing repairs, painting, etc. to the residences of the severely wounded and disabled veterans. The organization is in the planning stages of creating a foundation that would award partial scholarships to children of combat wounded veterans with a less than 100% disability. Each year the organization organizes an Annual Mass of Appreciation, Honoring members of the US Armed Forces & First Responders.
New Jersey Order of Malta Volunteers
Members prepare and serve dinners for the clients at the aids center in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Under the direction of Father Bob Kaeding, who is the founder and executive director, a special dinner is prepared by the volunteers and served on the third Sunday of each month.
Two members of the New Jersey Area work at pregnancy aid center in Raritan, New Jersey passing out supplies and contribute financial support. They provide and distribute diapers, wipes, clothes etc. to women with babies who qualify with W.I.C cards.
Prison Ministry — Morris County Jail
Seven members of the Order and volunteers visit weekly at the Morris County Correctional Facility. Two chaplains, Father Owen Moran, ChM, and Father Brian Sullivan, celebrate Holy Mass with the inmates, hear their confessions, and supply them with Catholic literature, including English and Spanish language Order of Malta Bibles and prayer books. A second group of volunteers meets with our Catholic inmates and those interested in the Catholic faith for weekly Bible studies. The Order of Malta also supplies English and Spanish language Order of Malta Bibles and prayer books to twenty jails and prisons throughout New Jersey.
Respect Life Ministry
Approximately four Knights, Dames, and Auxiliary participate in various educational programs that support pro-life issues to the Church, Area Members, children, and prayers for the sick. They participate at the Respect Life Mass in Newark, NJ, March for the Unborn in North Arlington, NJ, and the March for Life in Washington, DC. Members also educate a local Pastor and his fellow clergymen on pro-life issues, attendance at the Respect Life Mass, Newark NJ, attendance at the annual March for Unborn in North Arlington, NJ, coordination with articles on pro-life for the New Jersey Area newsletter, for the sick and deceased, and educating of children on the Catholic view of human sexual development.
Several Sources Shelters
Six Knights and Dames of the Order of Malta support Several Sources Shelters. Several Sources Shelters began in 1981 by a Dame of the Order in her own home as a shelter for pregnant women until they could “get on their feet”. The organization now has three active maternity homes in NJ, in addition to a Daytime Shelter in Newark, NJ called “Ladies Rest” for women who are homeless, sick and elderly and need help to restore their dignity; they also have a sonogram center in Englewood, NJ. All Several Sources mothers are taught chastity and if necessary, will receive the organization’s support until their “saved” baby is 18 years old.