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.
Members of the Order give their time, talent, and treasure to defend the faith and provide service to the sick and the poor.
Each year the Knights and Dames of the American Association gather for the annual Mass and Investiture in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City, where new members are inducted into the Order. The day concludes with a white-tie dinner to celebrate this success. The Annual Meeting and New Member Orientation during the Investiture Weekend provide opportunities to discuss the activities of the Association and provide the Membership with inspiration and ideas for the future.
The annual Lourdes Pilgrimage is of special significance because it gives our members the opportunity to directly serve the sick, our Malades, on a hands-on basis. It is spiritually rewarding for all. The American Association also hosts two other pilgrimages each year. Members travel to Washington D.C. to attend the Pilgrimage for Life, where they give witness to the importance of life, praying for the end of abortion. Members also travel to Champion, Wisconsin on pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, the only Marian apparition in the United States approved by the Catholic Church.
To learn more about Area-focused activities, please visit the Area Web Sites or see our Spirituality in Action Resource Book in the Members Only section of the website. Members must log in to view the Spirituality in Action Resource Book.