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.
February 5, 2016 – February 7, 2016
Led by the Most Reverend Frank Caggiano
The American Association of the Order of Malta held its 2016 Spiritual Retreat February 5 through 7 at the Bethany Retreat Center in Lutz, Florida. Over 35 attendees participated in the retreat, hailing from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, to Michigan, and as far south as Florida.
Our retreat master was the Most Reverend Frank Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport. Bishop Caggiano, who serves as a Conventual Chaplain for the Order and is very active in the Connecticut Area.
The theme of the retreat was “The Gift of Mercy.” Bishop Caggiano invited attendees into an exploration of the great gift of God’s mercy that comes to us in Jesus Christ. He reminded us that mercy and compassion lie at the heart of the mission that God has given each of us.
Below are summaries of the Bishop’s talks at the four conferences during the retreat.