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.
Order of Malta, American Association
XXXIII Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018
Each year, we bring our Malades-In-Spirit with us to Lourdes in our hearts, including them in our daily prayers, acts of worship and devotion, and remembering them and their intentions during Mass at the Grotto. We invite our members to suggest a homebound, physically or mentally challenged or ill person whom you would otherwise consider proposing as a traveling Malade but who is unable to make the pilgrimage to Lourdes itself, for inclusion in this program.
Malades-In-Spirit (MIS) are assigned either to individuals or to small groups of pilgrims in Lourdes so that the Malade at home benefits from the spiritual graces and blessings received by their prayer companions on the pilgrimage. The bond that develops with some of these MIS and their spiritual partners can become as strong as that among pilgrims themselves. Moreover, this program brings the message of Lourdes to people who may never be able to travel there and/or who may know little or nothing about the wonders of that special place of healing and hope.
This special program is intended for those who are the most seriously ill among us. If you have a candidate for the MIS program, please speak to that person first; if the person wants to be included in the program, please complete the Malades-In-Spirit form below by Monday, April 1, 2018.