Memorial Service in Newport, R.I. for French Admiral Knight of Malta

Fra’ James Michael von Stroebel

Charles-Henri-Louis d'Arsac, Marquis de Ternay

(27 Jan 1723 - 15 Dec 1780)


On May 2, 1780 a French fleet departed France carrying General Rochambeau and part of the French expeditionary force to aid General Washington and the continental army in the War of American Independence.  The fleet of seven ships of the line (the largest warships)and four frigates accompanying 33 transports was under the command of Rear Admiral Charles Henri Louis d’Arsac Marquis de Ternay, a Knight of Malta.  Some 6,200 officers and men, and 400 servants, disembarked upon arrival at Newport, R.I.


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"Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum" - Defense of the Faith and the Service of the Poor

The Federal Association robustly practices its motto and inspires others to do so, as is evident from the highlights of the activities in our regions in just the past year. As so eloquently posited by the Order’s leadership in Rome, these works “become reality through the voluntary work carried out by Dames and Knights in humanitarian assistance and medical and social activities, nurturing, witnessing and protecting the faith and serving the poor and the sick representing the Lord.”

Welcome to the website of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta - Federal Association, as well as its international organization and leadership. Please take some time to learn more about its works and mission.

The Federal Association

There are over 935 Knights and Dames and nearly 60 Federal Association Chaplains in 33 states, the District of Columbia and 3 foreign countries. Most Federal Association Members live in one of the 25 “Hospitaller Regions” nationwide. As membership grew, the Federal Association created regions to facilitate ongoing spiritual and volunteer activities for members. Each region is coordinated by a Regional Hospitaller who is responsible for the organization of membership-related events, Masses, and activities.

For more information on events and calendar in each Hospitaller Regions please select from the "Regions" tab on the left under the Federal Association section.

Federal Association Membership Location

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Investiture Weekend 2015


The annual Investiture Weekend for 2015 will be September 11th and 12th in Washington, DC.  More details will be forthcoming. 

Latest News

Pope Francis appoints Raymond Leo Burke Cardinalis Patronus of the Sovereign Order of Malta

Rome, 8 November 2014 – Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke has been appointed Cardinalis Patronus of the Sovereign Order of Malta by His Holiness Pope Francis. Previously Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, he succeeds Cardinal Paolo Sardi, who was appointed Patron of the Sovereign Order of Malta in 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI.

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2015 Annual Appeal

Be His Light

Nov 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015


Congratulations to our Regions with 100% Participation!

  • Delaware Valley-Philadelphia
  • Des Moines
  • Richmond
  • St. Joseph
  • Syracuse