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.
A Knight is the Founder and President. One to ten Knights, Dames and Auxiliary contribute in-kind donations, volunteer hours and support of various projects.
A local Knight organizes, trains, rehearses and leads the Schola Cantorum Philadelphenisis. Other Knights and Auxiliary members participate in the Schola or serving at the Masses In Choro or at the Altar for major liturgies in and around the Archdiocese.
Lourdes in a Day Pilgrimage
Members prepare and plan the local Lourdes in a Day Pilgrimage. This event includes a catered lunch, Adoration, Benediction, Penance and Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, a rosary, blessing with Lourdes water, and Saturday Vigil Mass.
Meals for Homebound
Fifteen Knights, Dames, and Auxiliary cook, prepare and deliver well balanced and nutritious meals for the homebound and deliver them to a local parish.