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 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.
Over 200 Knights, Dames, Special Pilgrims, Clergy, Medical Personnel, and Volunteers spent August 3rd through August 6th visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help and the Shrine of St. Joseph.
The Pilgrimage began with opening Mass at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral celebrated by Bishop David L. Ricken. During Mass, Bishop Ricken blessed the hands of all those present (Knights, Dames, and Caregivers) who care for the sick.
Pilgrims visited the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help where they celebrated Mass, visited the apparition site, participated in the Rosary Procession, the Stations of the Cross, the Adoration and Healing Service, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Married couples also had the opportunity to renew their marriage vows and consecrate their marriages to the Blessed Mother.
At the National Shrine of St. Joseph at St. Norbert College, pilgrims celebrated the Adoration and witnessed the Anointing of the Sick.
Members ended each evening with a Tri-Association dinner and a presentation on a topic related to the Pilgrimage.