The Order of Malta remains true to its inspiring principles, summarized in the motto: "Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum," defense of the Faith and assistance to the poor and the suffering, which become reality through the voluntary work carried out by the Knights and Dames in humanitarian assistance and medical and relief efforts. Today, the Order carries out these services in over 120 countries.
Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum
The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes, and of Malta (commonly known as the "Order of Malta") is a lay, religious order of the Catholic Church. The Order of Malta—one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilization—was founded in Jerusalem during the eleventh century. Members of the Order seek to glorify God through their work with the poor and the sick and their witness of the Catholic faith.
There are approximately 13,500 Knights and Dames of Malta around the world. They belong to one of 59 national associations, priories, or sub-priories. There are three national associations in the United States—the Federal Association, based in Washington, D.C.; the American Association, based in New York; and, the Western Association, based in California.
The Daily Prayer
of the Order
Lord Jesus, Thou hast seen fit to enlist me for Thy service in the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. I humbly entreat Thee, through the intercession of the Most Holy Virgin of Philermos, of Saint John the Baptist, of Blessed Fra’ Gerard, and of all the Saints, to keep me faithful to the traditions of our Order.
Be it mine to practice and defend the Catholic, the Apostolic, the Roman Faith against the enemies of religion. Be it mine to practice charity towards my neighbors, especially the poor and the sick.
Give me the strength I need to carry out this my resolve, forgetful of myself, learning ever from Thy Holy Gospel a spirit of deep and generous Christian devotion, striving ever to promote God’s glory, the world’s peace, and all that may benefit the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem.