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.
ArchCare at Mary Manning Walsh Home (MMW) MMW located at East 71st Street has a variety of daily day time, daily evening and weekend needs as well as an opportunity to assist in the planning and implementation of annual and Holiday celebrations. Please click here to see a listing of needs.
Tuesday, August 25th at 6:30PM
One viable opportunity to serve in the near future, is Malta Walks. As many of you are aware, this ministry was started by the younger members whereby food and other necessities are distributed to the homeless and those in need on the streets. Now more than ever, the homeless population is most evident and in need of our generosity. We would like to invite volunteers to meet on the North East side of 34 Street and Park Avenue to distribute pre-made bags for the homeless. Pre-made bags will include sandwiches, hand sanitizer, toiletry kits, individually wrapped masks, snacks and water. Email email@example.com to participate.
WISH LIST FROM CATHOLIC CHARITIES FOOD HUB PROGRAM
Secondly, we are invited to support the Catholic Charities Food Hub Program during these trying times for many families throughout New York.
Below are items that they have specifically requested. We hope that we can each be supportive in purchasing items for the program. A simple Amazon link has been created. Click here to visit the Amazon Wish List; items from the list will ship directly to the program in the Bronx.
Heavy duty, jumbo-size shopping bags;
Individually wrapped facial masks;
8 oz hand sanitizers;
To give you an idea of the impact Catholic Charities makes during any given month, below are the number of households that are served at each of their programs. In addition, as a result of COVID, they have been hosting community pop up food distributions around the city to support more neighborhoods, especially those with limited access to food pantries:
Community pop-up food distribution – monthly distribution = 2,000 households (every Friday serves 500 families)
Bronx Center – monthly distribution = 2,000 households
Washington Heights – monthly distribution = 2,000 households
Kennedy Center – monthly distribution = 700
St. Cecilia’s Pantry – monthly distribution = 650
St. Augustine Pantry – monthly distribution = 500
CARDS FOR RESIDENTS OF ARCHCARE AT TCC While our in-person efforts at ArchCare at Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center in East Harlem remain paused, we are invited to mail the residents positive cards to continue to provide a message of hope during these times. Cards can be mailed to Marietta Tempesta, 1049 Park Avenue, 5c New York, NY 10028. Arrangements will be made to distribute the cards to the center on a frequent basis.
All in-person Area activities are on hold until further notice.