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.
The Hope for Families Center (HFC) has an Emergency and Transitional Program to provide stability and independence for families in crisis. This shelter focuses on families exclusively by providing food and shelter, on the job training, and life skills classes, children’s programs as well as medical and dental care. Once a week, 18 members provide meals every Monday night to residents.
Hospital Call List
Approximately 12 Knights, Dames, and Auxiliary are assigned to contact members of the parish following dismissal from the hospital to see if they need an Eucharistic Minister or transportation to Church. This project originated in 2010.
Our Father’s Table Soup Kitchen
The soup kitchen serves food in the heart of the African-American community. Once a week, from January through April, 18 members provide lunch to needy members of the community.
Our Lady of Florida Women’s Retreat
Six Knights, Dames, and Auxiliar of the Area promote spiritual enrichment at this annual women’s retreat weekend that is offered to Dames of Malta and parishioners. This project originated in 2007.
Treasure Coast Mobile Food Pantry
The Food Bank alleviates hunger by obtaining and distributing food and other essentials to food deserts. 12 Knights, Dames, and Auxiliary staff mobile food pantry that travels into remote food deserts providing fresh produce, meat and chicken, breads, desserts, and canned foods to approximately 100 identified participants. This project originated in 2012.