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.
Father Joseph Johnson was born in Dallas, Texas. He studied History and Classics at The University of Texas at Austin. He first came to Minnesota to study Philosophy at The University of Saint Thomas. While here he discerned his vocation to the priesthood and was accepted as a candidate for Holy Orders by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
Following his seminary studies in Rome, Father Johnson was ordained a priest in 1998. He served for three years as parochial vicar at St. Olaf parish in downtown Minneapolis. During that time, he was very active in Young Adult ministry and in working with the poor at Sharing and Caring Hands. He was then assigned by Archbishop Flynn to pursue advanced studies in Moral Theology in Rome. During that time he also worked extensively with the Missionaries of Charity and on the cause for canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Upon his return to Minnesota, Father Johnson served for two years as the Assistant Chancellor of the Archdiocese. During that time he coordinated the Eucharistic Congress in celebration of the “Year of the Eucharist.” He also assumed the position of pastor of St. Vincent de Paul parish in Frogtown, serving the Hmong Catholic community. He continued to serve the Hmong Catholic community along with his appointment in June 2006 as the twenty first Rector of the Cathedral of Saint Paul, National Shrine of the Apostle Paul.
In July 2012, Father Johnson became the pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in St. Louis Park.
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 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.