The Order of Malta establishes a Parish Nurse Program at Mt. Claret Retreat Center

The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, better known as the Sovereign Order of Malta, has a two-fold nature. It is one of the most ancient Catholic Religious Orders, founded in Jerusalem around 1048. At the same time the Order of Malta has always been recognized by nations as an independent subject of international law.

The Order's mission is summed up in its motto "Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum" - defense of the faith and assistance to the suffering. The Order has approximately 13,000 members from over 120 countries around the world, and supports and participates each May in an international pilgrimage to Lourdes.

The Order of Malta’s Western Association since its inception 50 years ago, has been organized to serve the sick and the poor. For members of the Order in the Western Association that has meant participation in and support of a number of programs. Many volunteer hours have been given to Catholic charities by members of our Order and its individual members raise substantial monies for other Order of Malta sponsored charities throughout the world.

The Western Association has added a new dimension to the efforts to help the sick and the poor. It is undertaking the sponsorship of a parish nurse program which is a signature Order of Malta project. The program focuses on senior wellness, both physical and spiritual, and reaches out primarily to individual elderly in the Diocese of Phoenix.

The Order of Malta parish nurse is a registered nurse who will serve the individual elderly without duplicating other medical or nursing services available to individuals involved. The parish nurse will focus on spiritual and physical wellness, will not diagnose or treat but will provide a general needs assessment, nursing education and resource support for the spiritual and physical wellness of the individual elderly parishioner.

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