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.
Assisi in Albany assists underprivileged residents of Albany’s inner city in finding and keeping good jobs. Program participants are provided job counseling, resume preparation, interview, and job readiness training. They are also helped with job placement and given mentor support for the first year on the job. Members assist Assisi’s Executive Director in pin pointing prospective employers; fund raise for the project; and make suggestions for program expansions.
Two Upstate New York Area members host a class for inmates at NYS maximum security prison twice a month. Classes are generally modeled on Church year and seasons, but also covers lessons from the Catechism, biographies of saints & priests who suffered imprisonment, like Cardinal Kung, Walter Ciszek, Fr. Capuan, and Maximilian Kolbe and Catholic literature, like Dante and Divine Comedy. Since 2013
Each summer, several members of the Upstate New York Area prepare and serve a picnic supper for 20-22 woman and children temporarily living in a women’s homeless shelter as well as the shelter staff. Members set up for the picnic at the Shelter, prepare and cook food purchased by the Area, converse with residents and Shelter staff, and clean up after supper. Members also purchase and donate toiletries and diapers to be given to the residents. Since 2012
Quest for Grace Changeover
Quest for Grace Grace provides clothing and other necessities for foster children living in the Capital District region of New York State. Foster parents are referred to Quest by child and family service agencies, the police and other organizations. The majority of these children are at risk and some are removed from abusive situations on an emergency basis and require special attention. Approximately 10 members of the Upstate New York Area assist in Quest’s seasonal changeover of clothing, shoes etc. each spring and fall. Members go to Quest’s “retail shop” to remove items from shelves, pack and put them away and then unpack, sort, hang or place on shelves clothing for the upcoming season.
Sister Maureen Joyce Food Pantry
Seven Knights, Dames, and Auxiliary bring donated bakery products, from Au Bon Pain Bakery in Empire State Plaza, to the Sister Maureen Joyce Center (SMJC) Food Pantry, serving residents in a low income neighborhood of Albany. The Area members also supply toilet paper to the food pantry to give to individuals seeking assistance there.
The Welcome Table
Together with family and friends, Knights, Dames, and Auxiliary members provide, prepare and serve lunch at a soup kitchen, the Welcome Table, for approximately 150-200 residents of the South end neighborhood of Albany. Members welcome luncheon guests on their arrival, set tables, inform guests of the day’s menu choices, take the guests orders for lunch, serve lunch items that have been purchased or made by members. After lunch, members clean tables and chairs, wash dishes, and otherwise handle clean up.