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 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.
The Prison Ministry Committee established a Charter with the Board of Councillors in June, 2023. Its purpose includes, but is not limited to, monitoring and providing full support for active PM programs within the American Association’s thirty areas. The PMC oversees Pen Pal programs, visitation and outreach, Bible and prayer book distribution, re-entry and other initiatives. To read the PMC Charter, please click here.
Mary Jo Kriz, DM, Co-Chair Boston Area
MJ Kriz holds her Masters of Arts and Ministry from Saint John Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts. MJ has been volunteering at MA Correctional Institutions for over fifteen years by practicing the ministry of presence. At the time of this writing, only one of the formerly incarcerated women with whom she held individual prayer meetings, has since returned to prison.
Bob Nephew, KM, Co-Chair Boston Area
Bob Nephew was invested at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 2012. Bob began his prison ministry at Massachusetts Correctional Institutions, Norfolk through the monthly Mass held by the Order’s Boston area. Bob has been volunteering and overseeing the growth of PM at MCI, Concord since 2017; holding Rosary, Bible reading and discussion prayer groups.
Steve Hawkins joined the Twin Cities Prison Ministry in 2014 after a friend’s incarceration and served on its Board as Chair. He initiated and developed the Order of Malta’s Pen Pal program and acts as its representative for the American Association.
Bill Mattison, KM Florida – Southeast Area
Bill Mattison is active in Palm Beach County’s prison ministry. He oversees the Bible and prayer book distribution for several correctional institutions. Bill also participates and teaches in prisons through the international prison ministry program, Kairos.
Paul Young, KM Boston Area
Paul Young heads the Order of Malta’s prison ministry for New Hampshire through his work with Dismas Home of NH, a transition program for previously incarcerated women. Paul is also a member of the North American Prison Ministry Apostate.
Alexandra Lehmann, Volunteer Boston Area
Alexandra Lehmann researches and writes communications for the PMC.
For more information on joining the PMC and/or area PM programs, please contact MJ Kriz at Maryjo.email@example.com.