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.
We distribute Bibles, Prayer Books, Prayer Cards and the Order’s quarterly publication, “The Serving Brother.”
Boston Area Prison Ministry Volunteers
We work with Prison Chaplains, Deacons, Sisters and the laity in religious education classes and in attendance at prison Masses.
We visit inmates speaking with them about the Lord , their future and their families.
We write to inmates through our Pen Pal Program by which the writer remains anonymous.
We arrange for families to visit their incarcerated loved ones. In the West Coast and Missouri, we support programs by which loved ones can enjoy an extended visit with their incarcerated relative on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. We call this program “Get on the Bus.”
We participate in restorative justice programs at which inmates meet with those they have offended or with victims of other crimes who explain how the crime has affected their lives.
Evening Rosary of Common Petition — The Order has launched an evening rosary project wherein each evening at 8:00 PM, all incarcerated men and women who wish to participate, are asked to pray the rosary either alone, or as part off a prayer group, for a specific set of common petitions. These petitions include: praying for each other, for fair trial, for judicial leniency, for families of the incarcerated, remembering the poor throughout the world, forgiveness of their sins and intent of personal renewal, and a commitment to Christ. The ultimate objective is to have all prisoners around the world praying together at the same hour, for the same petitions, as we move throughout the worlds time zones. In just a few weeks after launching this initiative, Florida,Texas and Georgia have become active in this program.