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.
H. E. Frà John T. Dunlap: Member of the Sovereign Council of the Order of Malta and former Regent of the Sub-Priory of Our Lady of Lourdes. John was invested in 1996 and served as Area Co-Hospitaller until his election to the Sovereign Council in 2009. He remains the Area coordinator for the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center. John professed his final vows as a Knight of Justice in 2008
George B. Irish, KM, and Jean M. Irish, DM: Area Co-chairs for the NYC Area. George was invested in 2009 and Jeannie was invested in 2011. They were appointed to a 3 year term as Area Chairs in 2015.
Agnes F. Nolan, DM : Hospitaller. Invested in 1995.
Nicola Tegoni, KM: Area Co-Hospitaller. Invested 2012
Marietta Tempesta, DM : Area Treasurer since 2016. Invested in 2011.
Rory and Camille M. Kelleher: Area Membership Chairs and former NYC Area Chairs (2009-2014. Invested in 2004. Camille is also coordinator of the Grants Committee and a member of the Board of Councilors of the American Association.