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.
Twenty Knights, Dames, and Auxiliary distribute food baskets to needy families during the Easter and Christmas holidays. Members purchase food, organize and decorate baskets for the food, sort the food, and distribute food baskets to local parishes in the Dallas, Texas Area. Click here to see this project featured in the May 2017 Spirituality in Action: A Monthly Update.
Joint Program to Feed the Homeless
Eight members from the American and Federal Associations gather each Saturday morning to feed the homeless.
Knights, Dames, and Auxiliary in the Dallas Area co-sponsor a retreat with the Federal Association for a Lenten Day of Reflection.
Santa Clara Community Centers
Approximately ten to twelve Dallas Area members provide scholarships for children in need so that they can attend summer camp. Members support the scholarship program with individual donations.
Southern Methodist University (SMU)
Twice a year, 10-12 Dallas Area Members provide a dinner and a discussion on the Order of Malta for Catholic students at Southern Methodist University after their Sunday 5:00 pm Mass. Members bring food for the dinner and lead the discussion for these Catholic students, the largest identified religious group on SMU’s campus.