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.
The Subpriory of Our Lady of Lourdes was established in 2006 by H.M.E.H., Frá Andrew Bertie, the Grand Master, with approval by the Sovereign Council. There are two subpriories in the United States, the first being the Subpriory of Our Lady of Philermo, founded in 2002 and whose territory is that of the Western Association of the Order of Malta. The territory of the Subpriory of Our Lady of Lourdes encompasses that of both the American and Federal Associations.
We in the Subpriory of Our Lady of Lourdes, following our Confreres and Consoeurs in the Subpriory of Our Lady of Philermo, wish to assist our Members, Knights of Justice and Knights and Dames in Obedience, in fulfilling their spiritual obligations and in being a strong, shining light to members of the Third Class in the development and practice of their charism and spirituality.
We are particularly grateful to the Grand Master and the Sovereign Council, for promulgating in 2011 the “Regulations and Commentary on of the Order of Malta,” especially the Sections on the First and Second Class. We are asking the Members of our Subpriory to review and study these excellent guidelines for the Subpriory and its mission and procedures. We continue to reflect upon these regulations at our Subpriory and Association meetings and retreats.