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.
"There is no strict correspondence between the Beatitudes and the Seven words from the Cross but Archbishop Fulton Sheen in his work, The Cross and the Beatitudes assumes that they are not unrelated. Both were delivered on a mountain; Our Lord begins His public life on the Mount of the Beatitudes and closed it on the Mount of Calvary. This book tells the story of how He practiced the meekness, the mercy and the poverty of the Beatitudes."
" Contact with people who are weak and are crying out for communion is one of the most important nourishments in our lives. When we let ourselves be really touched by the gift of their presence, they leave something precious in our heart. If we remain at the level of 'doing' something for people, we can stay behind our barriers of superiority. We have to welcome the gift of the poor with open hands."
"Community life demands that we constantly go beyond our own resources. If we do not have the spiritual nourishment we need, we will close in on ourselves and on our own comfort and security, or throw ourselves into work as an escape. We will throw up walls around our sensitivity; we will perhaps be polite and obedient, but we will not love. And when you do not love, there is no hope and no joy."
"A growing community must integrate three elements: a life of silent prayer, a life of service and above all of listening to the poor and a community life through which all its members can grow in their own gift."