Order of Malta

New Jersey Spirituality in Action

Birth Haven

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.

Defense of the Faith and Spirituality

Fourteen Knights, Dames and Auxiliary and a Magistral Chaplain provide lectures to educate the members and Catholic laity on issues facing the Church and on spirituality.  Every October the members organize a Rosary and Eucharistic procession, which is part of the National Rosary Coast to Coast effort for protection and faith in our nation.

Discovery House

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.

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 Malta Mobile Van

The New Jersey Area’s Malta Mobile Van has several runs a week to serve the needy throughout the state.  Typical uses are: hosting vaccine clinics; delivering food to community food banks; and transferring medical supplies to medical centers for the poor and homeless

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.

Pregnancy Support

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, two Chaplains, and volunteers visit weekly at the Morris County Correctional Facility to celebrate Holy Mass  and supply them with Catholic literature, including English and Spanish language Order of Malta Bibles and prayer books and spiritual literature. Our Chaplains hear confessions and visit individual inmates who cannot attend Mass. This year we have added a men’s and a women’s Bible Study. The New Jersey Area has partnered with Walking With Purpose TM, which provides its study books for the women. 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.

Order of Malta

American Association, U.S.A
St. Patrick’s Cathedral Parish House
14 E 51st Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 371-1522