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 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.
Over 20 American Association members joined pilgrimage co-chairs, Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky, KM, and Karen Dutkowsky, DM, for the American Association’s 2nd Annual Pilgrimage for Life on January 21st – 22nd, 2014.
Mark Bradford, President of the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, U.S.A., began this pilgrimage with a speech on pro-life issues including the response to prenatal testing which diagnoses the child in utero with a disability and how we can offer support to the parents. Members concluded the first evening of this pilgrimage with the Prayer Vigil for Life: The National Rosary for Life, followed by Adoration with Holy Hours led by seminarians from across the country.
On January 22, 2014, American Association members joined the Federal Association for Mass and lunch before departing on the official March for Life on Constitution Avenue. Pilgrims marched from the Mall along Constitution Avenue to 1st Street, where they turned to pass the Supreme Court. They paused for a brief prayer together between the Supreme Court and the Capital Building before walking over to the Holy Rosary Church for a reception. All attendees of the 41st Annual March for Life were invited to attend the Rose dinner, an annual fundraiser for this March.