Mission of the Order

In brief, the mission of the Order and its auxiliary organizations is to alleviate the suffering of the poor and sick, without judgment, distinction of religion, race or political persuasion.

The Order of St John of Jerusalem is one of the oldest charitable institutions of Western and Christian civilisation. Established in Palestine around 1048, it is a lay religious Order, traditionally of military, chivalrous, noble nature. Today’s 13,500 members are devoted to the exercise of Christian virtue and charity.

The Order of Malta remains true to its inspiring principle set out nearly a thousand years ago: “Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum” – Defence of the Faith and Care of the Poor and the Suffering. This becomes reality through the voluntary work carried out by Dames and Knights in humanitarian assistance, medical and social activities in over 120 countries, as well as their charism of nurturing, witnessing and protecting the Catholic faith. Members of the Order recognize the image of God in every single individual and are obliged to work wherever the God-given dignity of human life is endangered.

As a sovereign entity, The Order of Malta is neutral, impartial and non-political, and in its diplomatic role can successfully act as a mediator between States.