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 U.S. represents 6% of the world’s population and currently imprisons 25% of the world’s incarcerated.
Our mission is to promulgate the Gospel message that all of God’s children matter and cannot be forgotten. We will compassionately demonstrate the hope that comes from our Catholic Christian faith and from God’s love for those incarcerated.
Through mercy we will demonstrate forgiveness and care for a better future for the formerly incarcerated. We will promote rehabilitation over punishment for those around us.
The entrance gate at San Quentin State Prison in California with the Apostolate Board.
We share our faith in the Gospel and the mercy of Christ with the incarcerated.We support those who struggle to return to free society by helping them to become reconciled with the world, their families and their victims.
We work for humane, effective and Christian treatment before, during and after incarceration.
We support the prison chaplaincy staff and volunteers who vigorously attend to the spiritual needs of the incarcerated.
The members of our Order are small in number, but long in reach and connectivity both within and outside of the Catholic Christian community.
We use these special gifts to educate for the compassionate treatment of all who are involved in the Criminal Justice system which include the victims of crime with a consistent commitment to their ultimate, eternal redemption – always treating them as human beings and the beloved Children of God that we all are.