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Humanitarian Activities

The Order of Malta in Modern Times

As members of one of the oldest religious Orders of the Catholic Church, we have a duty to look to the needs of those less fortunate than ourselves. Founded in Jerusalem, our 900-year old tradition attests to our extensive work in humanitarian and health care activities.


Today the work of our 59 Grand Priories, sub- priories and national associations is carried on in over 120 countries, aided by our accredited Ambassadors, who work as a humanitarian diplomatic network.


The Order¹s mission, which seeks to glorify God by promoting the sanctification of each member, is two-fold: to give an example of living by Christian principles, which is what Otuitio fidei¹, in our motto, really means, and to serve our Lords the sick, which is Oobsequium pauperum¹. That we refer to the sick as Oour Lords¹ has its roots in former times in the Order when it was impressed upon all those early, dedicated knights that they were to demonstrate their humility towards their fellow man, and also in recognition of the Gospel teaching of Christ: OWhat you do to the least one of these, you do to me.¹


The Order¹s humanitarian tradition is renewed daily in our hospitals, health centers and clinics, with the commitment of our 12,500 members and 80,000 permanent volunteers assisted by over 20,000 doctors and paramedics. Ordinary or extraordinary, the mission never changes. Nor do its recipients - the elderly, the disabled, refugees, the homeless, terminal patients, lepers, children and substance abusers. In addition, Malteser International, the Order¹s relief corps, tackles the great emergencies - natural disasters, epidemics, armed conflicts.

Events / Projects

Waterloo, ON 15 January 2013

Fr. Toby Collins, vocations director for the Congregatin of the Resurrection, encourages people to find their life's vocation through interviews that show the wide variety of possibilites.

Hunger and poverty are disruptive agents in a community, negatively affecting health and social well being, such as detrimental migration to the city. Our motivation for the Altiplano Tapacari project is to reduce the injustice of hunger and poverty. The Altiplano Tapacari project is based on our successfully completed Altiplano Chuño project. The Tapacarí project has the same objective to reduce hunger and poverty among the Aymara on the Bolivian Altiplano. This project too receives financial assistance from CIDA. Approximately 400 families or 2,000 people participate in the project. more...
Hospitaller Describes Haiti Mission as ‘Life-Changing’
Children singing, dancing and smiling. Every afternoon, child amputees, sick adults, volunteers and villagers would come together for a party. It was an unexpected scene for Drs. Luigi Castagna and Peter Azzopardi and Dr. Azzopardi’s wife Sisi, a Registered Nurse, who spent a week volunteering at a hospital in Haiti recently. “We became doctors because we want to help people. This was an excellent opportunity to do that,” says Dr. Castagna, a Pediatric Neurologist with TSH since 1992 and the Hospitaller of the Canadian Association of the Order of Malta, who has participated in several volunteer missions over the past two decades. “Despite the circumstances, the children were still children, wanting affection and wanting to play and sing and dance.” more...
Address to the Order of Malta Auxiliaries Dinner – April 2010 By: Father Claude Grou – Rector of Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal
This year marks the 55th anniversary of foundation of the Saint Joseph Brigade of the Order of Malta Auxiliaries. This same year, Brother André will officially become what he already is in the hearts of thousands of pilgrims, a Saint of the universal Church. I am both privileged and very pleased to have been invited to talk to you tonight about two subjects that mean a lot to me, the Order of Malta Auxiliaries and Blessed Brother André. more...
Instituto De Educacion Rural, I.E.R

The Instituto de Educación Rural was founded by the Archdiocese of Cochabamba. The current head of the school is Hermana Murielle Dubé, a member of The Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, Laval, Québec. The Aymara women are at the nucleus of family and community life.   The support of the women for the project and for the improved potato production methods is essential for the long term sustainability of the project by the communities.

Caring for Persons Living with Progressive Cognitive Impairments: Ethical Guidance for the Order, the Church and Society
by: William F. Sullivan Sept. 15, 2009
A man is asked for consent by the doctor looking after his mother, who is at the end stage of Alzheimer’s Disease and likely to die within a few weeks, to give medication to manage his mother’s anxiety about dying by rendering her unconscious. May he? A scientist is asked by her supervisor to take part in research that produces stem cells using a cloning technique called “altered nuclear transfer (ANT)”. May she? In health care and biomedical research today, many ethical issues arise that are unprecedented or complex or controversial. As Catholics, we seek guidance from the Church, but there may not be specific or definitive answers in Church teaching to some questions. more...
A tribute to our Auxiliaries
In 2009, we celebrated the 54th anniversary of the Auxiliaries’ Corps. One of the main activities of the Canadian Association has been embedded in our Brigades that are made up of members from twelve different nationalities. Half a century at the service of pilgrims and sick people, marks an important achievement in the life of our Association. We therefore intend to pay a particular tribute to our generous volunteers who deserve our admiration. more...
Helping the less Fortunate through Health Care and Education
“We are ordinary people bound together by the two-fold commandment of Our Lord; Love of God and love of neighbour. For these reasons we give of ourselves in the cause of our brothers and sisters less fortunate than we are.” Fr. Andrew Cuschieri The Canadian Association of the Order of Malta has developed a long-term relationship with a number of agencies supporting healthcare, education and social development in the area around Cochabamba, Bolivia. Thanks to the fund raising activities and leadership of a late member of the Canadian Association, Fr. Andrew Cuschieri, the town of Colcapirhua, on the outskirts of Cochabamba, benefits from a well functioning general hospital (Hospital Cuschieri) and two comprehensive schools. These institutions are governed by the Archdiocese of Cochabamba and supported by The Human Family in Christ Society, a Canadian lay organization founded by Fr. Cuschieri in 1989. The Society has been raising funds for its building projects, their ongoing maintenance and for the sponsorship of healthcare and educational needs of the poor. Relying entirely on volunteer staff, Fr. Cuschieri’s organization has no overhead: donations are received from across Canada, in the knowledge that all the funds raised will benefit the recipients directly. more...
Free eyeglasses and the Order of Malta in Vancouver
Beginning in 2001 members of the Order of Malta in the Vancouver area together with various catholic parishes and outreach programs have been serving the needy through bi-annual eyeglass clinics in the lower mainland of Vancouver. For many poor and handicapped people and for those on low incomes the cost of eyeglasses can be a real barrier to getting the best eyesight possible. Some people are covered by welfare but the rules can be rigid and of course many do not have easy access to the facilities needed for eye examinations. For this reason we began an outreach clinic led by confrere Dr. David Neima at Holy Rosary Cathedral in 2001. The church staff identified 40 persons who needed help with their eyesight. On a Saturday afternoon, eye doctors examined these patients free of charge. We found that many of these people were legally blind for want of lenses and very much in need of assistance, and that others just needed very old glasses to be replaced. A few people had more serious eye conditions and follow up with local ophthalmologists, as well as free medications were arranged for them. more...
Successful Completion Of The First Altiplano Chuño Project
Chuño, potatoes that are naturally freeze dried in the open air, during the day by the sun and at night by the frost. The Bolivian Aymara have farmed on the Altiplano for more than 2,000 years. The people of the Altiplano maintain a centuries old social structure which includes unconditional co-operation to survive in a harsh climate at an elevation of 3,700 to 4,600 m. Their way of life without clean water, electricity, gas, sewer or knowledge of hygienic practices and plowing with oxen and a wooden stick appears to us as a primitive agricultural society. Well before the Inca domination their ancestors discovered the potato and cultivated more than 160 varieties. The Spanish conquistadors brought the potato to Europe. We can be very grateful to the Aymara for their important gift to our diet. more...
Our current activities in Canada and Overseas
In the Montreal area our auxiliaries work in six homes for the aged that house almost a thousand patients and our brigades give assistance to pilgrims all year round at St. Joseph’ Oratory and Notre Dame du Cap. We have helped restore our chapel at the Cathedral in Montreal and in Quebec City we are involved in a project helping severely handicapped children. In Ottawa we are working on a day clinic project connected with the Shepherds of Good Hope, a shelter for the homeless and soon we hope to be involved in work with a home for the aged and a local Catholic high school. more...