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.
The Pilgrimage for Life is currently led by Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky and Dr. Robert A. Graebe and Nancy Graebe. Even though the pandemic restricted the traditional plans of the March for Life and our participation in it in 2021, the American Association was still able to take part in a unique way. A total of 65 members and guests, along with thousands of online viewers, attended the Pilgrimage for Life Mass with the Sisters of Life at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. Watch a recording of this event below.
On January 28, 2021, Dr. Graebe and Nancy Graebe traveled to Washington DC, by invitation of the USCCB, to represent the Order of Malta, American Association at the Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The following day, they marched in the “Live” 2021 March for Life as representatives of the Order of Malta, American Association, along with leaders of Pro-Life organizations from across the country.
With hope and enthusiasm, the American Association looks forward to the American Association’s 2022 Pilgrimage for Life January 20-21, 2022 in Washington DC. Come and join us and defend the faith of respecting life in the womb!