St. John the Baptist

Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans

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.


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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. 

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

Pilgrimage to The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help

Champion, Wisconsin

August 6-9, 2015

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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