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 over 30 Areas 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 at over 100 hundred organizations, including food banks, hospitals, pregnancy support centers, homeless shelters and mentoring programs for at risk children.
The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta has enriched the spirituality of thousands of people throughout the centuries. The humanitarian acts performed by members of the Order serve as prime examples of what it is to be Disciples of Christ. We do this by following the teaching of the Gospels. We gain inspiration to continue to carry out our ministries and we enrich our spirituality through readings and/or reflections or meditations presented by our spiritual leaders and chaplains.
The Fall-Winter Spiritual Initiative is a new program that will run from November 2020 through April 2021.
The program consists of six modules that will focus on six different spiritual topics that will enrich our faith. Each month, a different chaplain will present a short talk that is designed to give you insight into the unique spirituality of the Order of Malta.
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Module One: The Universal Call to the People of God and the Special Vocation Into the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Presented by Msgr. Dennis Sheehan
Module Two: The Charism of the Order Of Malta (Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum)
Presented by Rev. Joseph Cavoto
Module Three: Fundamental Considerations for All Members of the Order
Presented by Fr. Joseph Johnson
Module Four: Fundamental Considerations for Members of the Third Class
Presented by Bishop Frank Caggiano
Module Five: Regulations for Members of the Third Class
Presented by Very Rev. David Caron, OP
Module Six: Admission to the Third Class and Regulations Regarding the Principal Functions of Priories and Associations Towards the Members