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.
Almost 100 American Association Knights, Dames, Special Pilgrims, Clergy, Medical Personnel, and Volunteers joined Federal and Western Association pilgrims for the 2018 Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help and the Shrine of St. Joseph in Wisconsin.
The Pilgrimage began on Thursday, August 2nd with opening Mass at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral celebrated by Bishop David L. Ricken. Pilgrims started their second day of the pilgrimage with Mass and confession at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help before traveling to the Shrine of St Joseph at St. Norbert College for lunch, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and the Adoration.
On Saturday, a total of 240 pilgrims from all three US Associations spent the whole day at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, participating in the Rosary Procession, Mass, the Stations of the Cross, an Adoration and Healing service, quiet reflection time, and lunch on the grounds of the Shrine.
Members ended each evening with a Tri-Association dinner at the hotel. The Pilgrimage concluded with a Sunday Morning Mass at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral celebrated by Fr. Joe Dorner and a tour of the Cathedral and Museum.