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Care for our older residents

The Order of Malta has many activities around the country which include caring for the vulnerable, and especially the elderly. To volunteer –

Supporting those in great need – the Order’s volunteers in western Ukraine

Working in Ukraine to help the very poor is a task that is carried out every day by the Order of Malta volunteers. Their commitment is, indeed, a call of the heart.

To be a pilgrim: a new film traces the journeys of two pilgrims to Lourdes with the Order’s British Association

The film follows the daily lives of two pilgrims who come to Lourdes every year with the British Association of the Order. They are characters of strong contrast – in age, gender, background, religion. It was filmed in Lourdes and in their home environments. The film is their story, but that of every pilgrim, as in the unfolding can be found the reasons for going on pilgrimage – as fundamental for the protagonists as for all who take part.

Where companionship is also a staff of life

It’s not so much the food, but the warmth of the environment which matters to our guests who come to the St James’s Spanish Place soup kitchen each Thursday. That said, we still prepare 15 litres of soup every week; 8 litres of tea; 8 litres of coffee, 200 sandwiches and salad boxes; yogurt with honey; sweet pastries and cakes. Sometimes volunteers cook and bring things. In the summer there’s an ice-cream each.

A combined project of the British Association, together with the Companions of the Order of Malta who lead the project, and the OMV (Order of Malta Volunteers).

The Grand Master, Fra’ Matthew Festing, in conversation with Sir Christopher Meyer

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Fra’ Matthew Festing spoke with Sir Christopher Meyer in 2012 on the history and the mission of the Order, in the television series Networks of Power, aired on Sky Atlantic television and created by Wingspan Productions. This clip, filmed at Villa Malta, Rome, runs for 7 minutes.



The mission of the Order of Malta is inspired by its tradition of ‘Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum', to assist the poor and the sick, and bear witness to the Christian faith.


The Sovereign Order of Malta is a sovereign subject of international law. The Order - which is based in Rome, in via Condotti - has its own Government, an independent magistracy, and bilateral diplomatic relations with 110 countries.


The Order of St John of Jerusalem is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilisation. Present in Palestine in around 1048, it is a lay religious Order, traditionally of military, chivalrous, noble nature.