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.