Men and women who join the Sovereign Order of Saint John of
Jerusalem serve God as active members in the Catholic Church.
Admission to the Order is open to Catholics, individuals who
intend to join the Church, and Orthodox in communion with Rome
who wish to be active within the Church. The mission of the
Order continues our tradition of service and defense of the
Catholic Church, and is summarized here below:
near Our Lord's Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem c. 1050 A. D., the
Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem is one of the oldest
Catholic orders. Uniquely defined as a sovereign and independent
state, the Knights of Malta is a chivalric and militant Catholic
brotherhood in the faithful service of God and His Church. The
Hospitaller Knights strive for perfection of charity by impartial
service to the sick, injured and poor; by preservation of the
ancient Catholic liturgies and traditions; and by the propagation
and defense of the Kingdom of Christ.
service to God is exemplified in the Catholic knight. As a Knight
of Malta, you will continue the tradition that has been set
before us by our brother knights for nearly one thousand years.
are various ranks within the Order. New members are admitted
to an initial rank based on their disposition, training and
experience, and may advance with training. All ranks
are established to defend and serve the one, holy, Catholic
and Apostolic Church.
see the Admission Requirements
for further admission information.