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.
Pursuant to the Bylaws of the Subpriory and consistent with the Constitution and Code of the Order, the Subpriory of Our Lady of Lourdes is governed by the Regent who is assisted by a Council. The Council consists of:
Regent – H.E. Joseph Gordon Metz, PhD, GCMOb* Vice Regent– Hugh M. Dempsey, KMOb** Chancellor– Saad F. Habba, MD, KMOb* Treasurer– Gerard Allen Souser, Jr. KMOb**
Barbara Popp Murphy, DMOb** Ellen S. Shafer, GCMOb*
Thomas E. Weiford, KMOb**
Frá Richard Wolff, PhD*
H.E. Frá Thomas N. Mulligan**, President of the Federal Association
H.E. Peter Kelly, MD, GCM*, President of the American Association
Principal Subpriory Chaplain – Very Rev. Msgr. James D. Watkins, ChM** Assistant Principal Subpriory Chaplain – Rev. Joseph Francis Cavoto, OFM, ChM* Associate Subpriory Chaplain – Rev. Michael Letteer
* Denotes members of the American Association ** Denotes members of the Federal Association
*** Denotes members of other Associations