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 made up of members in the First and Second Classes from the American and Federal Associations. As of November 2021, the Subpriory membership consists of seven members of the First Class, 118 members of the Second Class, two Chaplains and eight candidates in preparation.
The Subpriory of Our Lady of Lourdes has two Chaplains.
The Principal Chaplain is Very Reverend Monsignor James D. Watkins, Ch.M., St. Ann’s Church, Washington D.C. and the Assistant Chaplain is Reverend Joseph F. Cavoto, OFM, Ch.M., Church of St. Francis, New York City.