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.
Members, student volunteers, and a local Deacon from the Kent State University Parish Newman Center meet with juvenile residents of the Juvenile Portage Geauga County Detention Center. The Detention Center is a 46 bed coed detention facility administered by a Joint Board of Trustees made up of representatives from Portage and Geauga County. During weekly visits on Fridays around 7PM, the ministry includes preparing for and participating in a Communion service. The Deacon leads the service with help from members, students, and residents.
Pregnancy Center East
Pregnancy Center East provides free pregnancy testing, free ultra sound, parental education, post abortion counseling, abortion counseling, pregnancy consultations and adoption education and referrals. Six Ohio Area members serve as counselors, board members and raise funds from inception of the idea to stuffing the invitations, mailings and staffing the fundraiser.
Ruah Woods is a publishing company creating lessons taught in Catholic primary and secondary schools, derived from St. John Paul II. This program works to restore the family and renew the culture by educating and training others to understand, embrace and evangelize the message of the Theology of the Body. Knights, Dames, and Auxiliary of the Ohio Area serve on the Board of Directors and Ruah Woods Ambassadors, they perform administrative tasks, facilitate classes and assist with large events.
St. Anthony Center
St Anthony Center provides sit down meals to the poor and underprivileged residing in the urban core of Cincinnati. Additionally, SAC provides brown bag lunches and offers cooking and sewing classes for individuals and families.
St Francis Seraph Ministries
Knights and Dames of the Ohio Area of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta’s American Association support St. Francis Seraph Ministries, which prepares and provides breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as skills training to the urban poor.
This is an innovative, private sector initiative that has been providing free, professional pharmaceutical care to people in need since 2006. In addition to serving as a pharmacy of last resort for people who have no other way to afford their medicine, they provide basic health screenings, counseling to ensure clients take medication properly and referrals to clinics and medical homes. Since opening in September 2006, they have filled 150,000 prescriptions with a retail value of more than $14 million. Three members from the Ohio Area participate in the fundraising to raise start-up costs and other initiatives.