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.
Welcome to the website of the Ohio Area of the American Association of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta. Our area is based in Cincinnati, Ohio, but has members throughout Ohio and Northern Kentucky. The Ohio Area currently has approximately 50 Knights, Dames, and Auxiliary Members.
The Order of Malta is a lay religious order of the Roman Catholic Church with 13,000 members and relief operations worldwide. Today, as at its founding over 900 years ago, the Order is foremost a Hospitaller Order, with members personally providing hands-on assistance to the sick and the poor. The Order traces its origins to the creation of a hospital in Jerusalem in the 1070s to care for pilgrims to the Holy Land, predating the Crusades. The Order assumed its military role in the twelfth century as its members, who were also knights, provided armed protection for pilgrims and the defense of the new Christian Kingdom against Muslim attacks. Today, the mission of the Order is to give glory to God by promoting the spiritual well-being of its members and providing assistance to the sick and the poor. Knights and Dames of the Order are also charged with the responsibility of defending the Faith.
Our members volunteer to care for the sick, the poor, and the imprisoned in our community. We also support charitable projects such as the St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy and Ruah Woods. In witness to the Catholic faith, we participate in a variety of special Masses, retreats, and prayer groups throughout the year. Members also support worldwide relief efforts of the Order, the Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem, and the Order’s annual pilgrimage to take the sick to Lourdes.