The Order of Malta is a worldwide, lay, religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, which seeks to glorify God by promoting the sanctification of each member through his or her work with the sick and the poor and defense of the Catholic faith.

There are three national Associations in the United States established by decree of the Grand Master and vote of the Sovereign Council of the Order headquartered in Rome.
The three national associations are: the Western Association is San Francisco, CA, the American Association in New York, N.Y., and the Federal Association in Washington, D.C.
The Western Association is a separate legal entity responsible for the management and control of its business and affairs. As such, it acts on its own behalf subject to general oversight by the Order of Malta consistent with accepted corporate governance standards and practices.

History

An initial contact between a delegate from the Grand Magistry and the Most Reverend John J. Mitty, Archbishop of San Francisco, in November 1951, preceded the establishment of the Western Association.  Eight men were chosen as initial members, and were invested as Knights of Magistral Grace by Archbishop Mitty in Saint Mary’s Cathedral on June 24, 1953.  The new Western Association, headquartered in San Francisco, was given jurisdiction for the Western half of the United States, as well as the then-territories of Alaska and Hawaii.  The fledgling group was guided during its early years by Prince Nickolas Tchkaotova, a Knight of Honor and Devotion, as it elected its first officers, received the Very Reverend Benedict Blank, OP, as its first Chaplin ad honorem, and began its many works of charity.  Dames were first admitted to the Western Association in 1975.

Present Day

The Western Association has approximately 800 Knights, Dames, Chaplains, and Provisional Members residing throughout the western half of the United States, each of whom has taken an oath to practice and defend the Roman Catholic faith and to serve the poor and sick.

Locations
Los Angeles, CA
Oakland, CA
Orange County, CA
Phoenix, AZ
Sacramento, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
Seattle, WA

Areas in Development
Colorado (Denver and Colorado Springs)
Honolulu, HI
Monterey, CA
San Diego, CA
Tucson, AZ

The Western Association USA is a vibrant community dedicated to highly engaged service to the poor and sick within their local communities. The Western Association USA and its invested members provide both direct hands-on service and financial support to about 55 different projects that serve the poor, the sick, the homeless, the elderly, and others in need in the western United States.

Additionally, the Western Association USA has free medical clinics in Los Angeles and Oakland, California as well as a mental health clinic in Seattle for the poor and uninsured.  Also, every spring around the first of May, members of the Order from around the world, including roughly 250 from the Western Association, travel to Lourdes, France to care for men, women and children facing serious and often life-threatening physical challenges.  Finally, Western Association members assist in many of the Order’s worldwide projects, primarily operated under the Order’s world-wide relief organization, Malteser International.