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 National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help Pilgrimage
Each year since 2016, 25-50 Knights, Dames, and Auxiliary offer 6-8 malades and their caregivers, unable to journey to Lourdes, an opportunity to visit the site of the Blessed Mother’s American apparition at The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. Participants receive the sacraments and join in prayer and spiritual growth. This 3-day pilgrimage includes a daily Mass, Reconciliation, Rosary, Anointing Mass, Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and Benediction. This Pilgrimage is jointly sponsored by the American and Federal Associations in August of each year. Click here for more information.
Salvatorian Mission Warehouse
The Salvatorian Mission Center receives cases of donated food, medical supplies, paper products and clothes from U.S. companies. Six Knights, Dames, and Auxiliary repackage goods for shipment to foreign missions. These goods are repackaged in family-size boxes that are loaded onto a semi trailer for a weekly shipment on a container ship to foreign missions in third-world countries.