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 16 states 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 involving over one hundred organizations and ministries. Food banks, hospitals, pregnancy support centers, homeless shelters and mentoring at risk children are just some of the activities in which members engage.
Four Knights, Dames, and Auxiliary are involved in a chapter of the National Child Christ Society as volunteers. Christ Child Society is a not-for-profit association dedicated to the service and clothing of needy infants and children in the love and spirit of the Christ Child. Members purchase and distribute new winter clothing and shoes to 4,500 children and infants in need each year. The also stock clothing centers, interview clients, perform clerical duties, make and assemble layettes, and tutor and mentor at one of South Bend’s inner city schools. Age appropriate books are given to each child as he/she leaves the Center to encourage reading at home. This project originated in 1947.
Life Athletes- A Path to Knighthood
A Northern Indiana Area Member works to increase the faith and hope of young men between the ages of 10 and 18 while preparing them to marry and have children or for the religious life. The use of several videos and discussion guides have helped leaders of small groups to reach 1,700 young men in its inaugural year. This project originated in 2015.
Lourdes Day of Grace and Healing
For those unable to join us in France, 15 Knights, Dames, and Auxiliary plan and facilitate a representation of the Annual Lourdes Pilgrimage for friends and neighbors each year. Venues have ranged from the University of Notre Dame to local assisted living centers. Activities include rosary, washing with Lourdes water from that year’s pilgrimage, anointing of the sick and Mass. This project originated in 2011.
A Rosie Place
A Rosie Place serves medically fragile children and their families by providing skilled respite care to these special children, from birth to the age of 21. A member of our Order serves as a volunteer committed to empowering families, educating professionals who care for these children and providing exceptional medical care in an environment that fosters the growth and development of these children. This project originated in 2008.