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 Annual Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help
The American Association travels to Wisconsin each summer on a Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin. The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help is the site of the only Marian apparition in the United States approved by the Catholic Church. Approval for the Shrine and its Chapel was received on December 8, 2010 from Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay, a Conventual Chaplain in the Order and our chaplain in the new Green Bay Area. Pilgrims also visit the National Shrine of Saint Joseph, originally established in 1888, located in the oratory of Old St. Joseph Church on the St. Norbert College campus in De Pere, Wisconsin.
Schedule of Events
Several hundred Knights, Dames, Clergy, Special Pilgrims, medical personnel, and volunteers spend 4 days in Wisconsin where they join together for daily Masses, Adoration, the Anointing of the Sick, a Healing Service, and insightful presentations on the Blessed Mother. Pilgrims also have the opportunity to participate in the Rosary Procession, the Stations of the Cross, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In France, we call our sick pilgrims “Malades”; in Wisconsin, they are called “Special Pilgrims”.
An Approved Marian Pilgrimage
The Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help has been approved to meet the requirements for attendance at a Marian Pilgrimage during the year of formation or in the first three years of membership, in lieu of going to Lourdes. If you have never been to Lourdes, this is a unique opportunity to share in the experience of a Marian Shrine pilgrimage, accompanying Special Pilgrims to this holy place. If you have been to Lourdes, this Pilgrimage will provide you with a very different setting in which to encounter the Blessed Mother.
The American Association will travel to Wisconsin for the Annual Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help on the following dates: