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.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, ChC, Bishop of Bridgeport
The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano was installed as Fifth Bishop of Bridgeport on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull. Bishop Caggiano came to Bridgeport from the Diocese of Brooklyn, where on June 6, 2006, he was named Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn and Titular Bishop of Inis Cathaig by Pope Benedict XVI.
Bishop Caggiano was born in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn on Easter Sunday March 29, 1959; he attended parochial schools in Brooklyn and Regis High School in Manhattan.
Bishop Caggiano graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in June, 1981 from Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception. Following an 18 month position in sales at McGraw Hill Publishing Company, the bishop began his major seminary studies at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1987 in the chapel of the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, Queens.
A noted catechist, Bishop Caggiano was invited by Pope Benedict XVI to deliver World Youth Day talks in Sydney in 2008, Madrid in 2011, and by Pope Francis to serve as a catechist at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, 2013. He also preached at the Youth 2000 Summer Festival in Tipperary, Ireland.
Bishop Caggiano presently serves on four committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis; Subcommittee on the Catechism; Orthodox Union Catholic Dialogue; Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. In November, 2013, he was appointed to a three-year term as episcopal advisor of The National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry.
Bishop Caggiano is a Conventual Chaplain in the Order of Malta, American Association and is very active in the Connecticut Area.
Msgr. Dennis F. Sheehan, ChC
Monsignor Dennis F. Sheehan, S.T.D., ChC, was ordained for the Archdiocese of Boston in 1963. Since then he has served as Parochial Vicar, Pastor, seminary Professor and Rector, Liturgical Consultant and Campus Minister in Boston, Columbus OH and Rome. Msgr. Sheehan has been a chaplain of the Order of Malta for over 20 years and has led many retreats and days of recollection for the members. He is currently Senior Priest in Residence at Our Lady Help of Christians parish in Newton, MA.
Bishop John O’Hara, ChC
The Most Reverend John O’Hara was ordained to the episcopacy by His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, on August 4, 2014, in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in mid-town Manhattan. Appointed by Cardinal Dolan as Episcopal Vicar of both southern Manhattan and Staten Island, Bishop O’Hara is also serving the archdiocese as Vicar for Planning.
Born on February 7, 1946, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the first of three sons of the late John Joseph and Helen Elizabeth O’Hara, Bishop O’Hara was raised in Ridgewood, New Jersey, graduating from Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in 1959, Don Bosco High School in Ramsey, New Jersey in 1963, and Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, with a BA degree in English in 1967.
Prior to entering Saint Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, Yonkers, New York in September, 1980, the future bishop worked in the communications field, serving first at Radio Station WERA in Plainfield, New Jersey, from 1967 to 1969, and later, from 1971 to 1980, at Radio Station WMTR/WDHA in Morristown, NJ, where he was named the station’s News Director in 1978.
Upon completion of his priestly formation at Dunwoodie, the future bishop was ordained to the priesthood on December 1, 1984 in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral by the late John Cardinal O’Connor. He served as parochial vicar at Saint Charles Parish in Oakwood Heights, Staten Island, from December, 1984, until October, 1992, when he was transferred to the Parish of Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus in Castleton Corners, Staten Island. After eight years as parochial vicar, Bishop O’Hara was appointed Pastor of Saint Teresa’s on July 1, 2000, by the late Edward Cardinal Egan. During his years on Staten Island, Bishop O’Hara was very involved in ecumenical/interreligious dialogue, seeking to build bridges of communication and understanding among the Island’s very diverse faith communities…an involvement that continues to this day and has expanded to include Manhattan.
Following twelve years as pastor, Bishop O’Hara was appointed the first Director of the Office of Strategic Pastoral Planning by Cardinal Dolan on July 1, 2012. In this capacity, Bishop O’Hara supervised the ongoing reorganization of parishes throughout the archdiocese…a process that is continuing under his guidance in his role as Vicar for Planning.
Bishop O’Hara was appointed by Cardinal Dolan as a member of the ecumenical/interfaith Committee of Religious Leaders, which meets on a regular basis to address issues of community concern and to provide leadership in promoting understanding and dialogue among all peoples living with the five boroughs of New York City. A chaplain to and member of both the Knights of Malta and the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, Bishop O’Hara also serves as a board member of the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America.
His Holiness, Pope Francis, appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of New York on June 14, 2014. In April, 2015, Bishop O’Hara returned to Staten Island to take up residence in the rectory of Saint Charles Parish, where he began as a newly ordained priest in December, 1984.
Bishop O’Hara is an Auxiliary Bishop and involved as a Conventual Chaplain in the New York City Area.