Ways We Serve

The Order of Malta is guided by its mission, “Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum,” or “Defense of the faith and assistance to the poor.”  Each Knight and Dame first lives this charism individually through his or her charitable work, volunteer activities, and spiritual life. As an Order, we come together to share our ministry in our local communities and across the globe. In fact many first learn about the Order of Malta through our ministry in Lourdes, France where we support and care for sick pilgrims who come from across the world for prayer and healing.

The Boston Area of the Order of Malta leads an array of ministry and volunteer
efforts that exemplify our charism including the following:

Catholic Cancer Support

Whether through a family member, friend, colleague, or our own personal experience, cancer impacts nearly all of us at some point in our lives. In response to this reality, members of our Order founded this special ministry that supports survivors and their families and friends throughout diagnosis and treatment. With Christ at the center of this ministry, members of the Order are encouraged to join or create their own Catholic Cancer Care ministry at their parish. By participating in this ministry, you live our call to share the healing love of Christ with the sick and suffering.

Cor Unum

As Knights and Dames, we don’t just talk about feeding the hungry. We actually do it. Partnering with Cor Unum, a meal center in Lawrence, MA, members of the Order help prepare and serve meals to underfed women, men, and children in one of the poorest communities in the Commonwealth. Guests are served on china plates at comfortable round tables in a freshly decorated room. By greeting each guest with dignity, respect, and love, we are feeding the bodies and souls of the hungry.

Cathedral Cares

Continuing our great legacy of providing medical care for those in need, Cathedral Care is an initiative founded by the Order that provides free health and nutrition screenings, vaccinations clinics, and other preventative health help to the elderly and low-income in Boston’s South End and surrounding communities. Headquartered at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, this ministry relies on Malta volunteers with either health care experience or the desire to serve those in need.

Prison Ministry

Throughout history, the Order of Malta has been a voice for the disenfranchised and marginalized. Today, through our prison ministry, we continue this tradition by visiting and praying for our brothers and sisters incarcerated. With our presence and our prayers, we can bring the saving love of Christ to those who may feel forgotten or unworthy of Christ’s love.


There are many ways to get involved in the public ministry of the Order of Malta in the Boston Area.
For more information, please contact us.