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.
In the United States, approximately 65% of previously incarcerated men and women will land back in prison within a three year period. To combat this problem, Prison Ministry in the Order of Malta has programs underway to help the previously incarcerated reenter the “outside world”.
Florida — Two booklets have been written which advise the previously incarcerated as to services that are available in Florida to aid in reentry.
Click here to download the 3rd edition of the Florida Social Services Guide to Public Assistance Agencies for the Benefit of Exfelons and the Homeless.
Click here to download the Florida Employment Directory.
New Hampshire — The Dismas Home of New Hampshire is an independent temporary (about six months) transitional living facility that provides housing and transition services for up to eight women in a supportive environment. Dismas Home offers a structured framework that will help to facilitate community reentry for these women following incarceration. Members of the Order serve on the Board of Directors and Advisory Board; the Order, as well as these Members, have supported the program financially as it is carrying out one aspect of the Apostolate’s Strategic Plan – providing structure caring reentry assistance.