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.
As an outcome of the work of the Strategic Plan Committee, Chaplains have been asked to participate more extensively in the spiritual development of the members of the Association. One effort that the Chaplains have agreed to undertake is the development of a series of documents related to life in the Order of Malta and as a Catholic.
The section below will feature a series of messages of instruction from Chaplains of the Order on aspects of our Catholic life and the challenges of choosing to grow spiritually by our membership in the Order of Malta.
November 27, 2018 Frá Richard Wolff gave this presentation at the meeting held on October 26th just before the Annual Meeting at the Hilton. It covers the important topic of the religious nature of the Order of Malta. Read More
June 1, 2017 If the last spiritual book you read was when you graduated from Catholic school, then you know that you are overdue for some “freshening up.” We change as we grow older. We encounter new situations in life which require us to keep learning how to stay in tune with God’s grace. Read More
February 28, 2017 When we speak of the charism of the Order, bearing witness to and defending the faith, the truth of the Creed can provide a framework for what it is to which we are giving witness. Read More
August 2, 2016 This essay is the fifth in the series and the second essay of 2016 of the Chaplains’ Educational Essays. “Sacramental Care for the Sick” was written by Father David V. Skoblow, a Magistral Chaplain and parochial vicar at Our Lady of Peace Church in Fords, NJ. For a member of the Order of Malta, caring […] Read More
March 7, 2016 The first contribution in 2016 to the Chaplains’ Educational Essay series, “The Lourdes Pilgrimage – A Pathway to Spirituality” was written by Father Owen Moran, a Deputy Chaplain and Pastor of Saint Rose of Lima Church in East Hanover, NJ. Father Owen talks about the activities of the Pilgrimage and draws out for our inspection […] Read More
January 12, 2016 The third essay, “The Eucharist” was written by Father Gregory Fay, a Deputy Chaplain from the Northeast Florida Area. Father Fay discusses the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, an intellectual concept so unique and challenging that many of Christ’s followers walked away, saying this teaching of Jesus was just too hard. This important […] Read More
October 6, 2015 The second essay was written by Father Eric Hollas, OSB. Father Hollas is familiar to many Knights and Dames as a Retreat master at Association and Subpriory retreats over the last several years. A chaplain in the Western Association, Father Hollas is well-known and greatly respected for his ability to speak and write on the history […] Read More
March 25, 2015 This is the first in a series of instruction from Chaplains of the Order on aspects of our Catholic life and the challenges of choosing to grow spiritually by our membership in the Order of Malta. By Fr. Joseph R. Johnson, Ch. M. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any […] Read More