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 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 Subpriory of Our Lady of Lourdes is a spiritual community within the Order of Malta, founded in 2006 in the United States in the tradition of Subpriories and Grand Priories that have enriched the history of the Order. The Subpriory assists its members in leading a life of spirituality and in being a strong, shining light to members of the Third Class in the charism of our Order. The Subpriory includes members of the American and Federal Associations, of whom five are Knights of Justice and 90 are in Obedience. There are also 20 members of the Order in preparation to become Knights and Dames in Obedience.
To learn more about the Subpriory, please click on the links to the right.
The Subpriory welcomes inquiries from all Members of the American and Federal Association who may be interested in becoming a Knight or Dame in Obedience. Click here to see information on requirements for admission. Click here to contact Fra’ Richard J. Wolff, PhD, Regent.