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.
Throughout the nine hundred years as a Religious Order, the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta has been blessed by our Patron Saint John the Baptist and by the Saints and the Blessed Knights and Chaplains of the Order of Malta.
Dedication of the Conventual Church of St. John the Baptist in Malta
Saint Nuno Alvarez Pereira
Blessed Gerard Mecatti
Blessed Vilmos Apor
Saint Flora of Beaulieu
The Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Patron of the Order
Blessed Adrian Fortescue and Venerable Thomas Dingley
Blessed David Gonson
Beheading of St. John the Baptist, Patron of the Order
Blessed Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster, Bishop of Milan
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Philermo, Patron of the Order
Saints Zachary and Elizabeth, Parents of St. John the Baptist
Blessed Peter of Imola
Saint John XXIII
Blessed Gerard, Founder and First Grand Master of the Order
Blessed Charles of Austria
All Saints of the Order
Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Liesse (Our Lady Cause of Our Joy)