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.
Jesus Christ was imprisoned and sentenced to the most violent form of capital punishment – the crucifixion.
The North American Prison Ministry Apostolate, consisting of some 2,500 knights, dames, auxiliary and volunteers is the largest Catholic outreach to the incarcerated in the world. Originally conceived by the Order of Malta’s American Association, today the Prison Ministry Apostolate is composed of the American, Canadian, Federal and Western Associations and has as its mission serving the spiritual needs of our incarcerated brothers and sisters.
This entails visiting prisons- county jails, state and federal prisons (minimum, medium and maximum security) and death row, celebrating Holy Mass, hearing confessions, baptizing and confirming inmates in California, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and Connecticut, one of the first Areas in the United States involved with Prison Ministry.
We let them know that there are those “on the outside” who care about them and are praying for them.
We supply Bibles and prayer books in English and Spanish to our inmates.
San Quentin State Prison is California’s oldest and best known correctional facility and is a focal point for the Order of Malta’s Prison Ministry in North America.
We help the previously incarcerated reestablish themselves in society.
We communicate with the incarcerated through our Pen Pal Program.
We work with the families of the incarcerated, from the West Coast and Missouri, by means of our program “Get on the Bus” by which families –children and spouses—can have an extended visit with their loved ones on Mother’s and Father’ Day.
We mentor children in Camden, New Jersey to keep them in school at least through high school.
Truly our Apostolate is an international Corporal Work of Mercy.