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 welcomes inquiries from all Knights and Dames who have been members of the Order for at least five years and have made three or more pilgrimages sponsored by the Order of Malta with Malades to Lourdes or to another Marian shrine.
Approval of prospective members in Obedience is a matter of judgment, made on a case by case basis, as to whether the individual is appropriate to pursue a vocation in the Second Class and become a member of the Subpriory. This judgment takes into account, among other things, the individual’s spiritual maturity, humility, understanding of the Order, level of participation in the works and activities of the Order and respect for and affinity with other members of the Subpriory. The Regent has stated “There should be no rush to Obedience, but a gradual awakening of this vocation of prayer.”
The process for approval of commencement of a year of preparation for the Promise includes consideration and consent by the President of the Association, the Ordinary of the individual’s Diocese, the Regent and Council of the Subpriory, the Prelate of the Order, the Sovereign Council and the Grand Master.
Please click here to contact Fra’ Richard J. Wolff, PhD, Regent of the Subpriory.