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How good it is for the Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and Malta, one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilization, to want to prayerfully reflect on its spiritual patron, St. John the Baptist, as the universal Church celebrates his birth on June 24. Knights and Dames of the Order of Malta annually celebrate this solemnity with special liturgies and prayer opportunities, as well activities to alleviate the distress of the sick and those who suffer locally and internationally as victims of malnutrition, disease and endemic poverty. With St. John the Baptist as a spiritual role model, the Order is to be commended for its commitment to reaching their spiritual perfection within the Church and to expending its energies serving the Lord's poor and the sick for over 900 years.
On the liturgical calendar, other than the birthday of Jesus, the Word of God made flesh, the Church does not celebrate the birthday of the saints, except that of Jesus's mother. Generally, saints are remembered on the calendar on the date of their death, their entry into eternal life. But there is one notable exception. Since we celebrate the birthday of the Word, the Church also celebrates the birthday of the Voice. I'm referring to Jesus's cousin, John the Baptist, the Voice crying out in the wilderness.
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.
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.