Knights of St. John
The creation of the Knights of St John International owes itself to the inspiration of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. In 1886, some American Roman Catholics in New York City met and decided that a living tribute should be created to commemorate the gallant Knights who had so courageously defended the Church in the medieval era. They founded an Order in the tradition of the Hospitallers by forming the "Roman Catholic Union of St. John". On May 6, 1886, the Ancient and Noble Order of the Knights of St. John was established in the United States.
Its aims and purposes is as follows:
(a) to create and foster a feeling of fraternity and fellowship among the various commanderies
(b) to improve their moral, mental and social condition
(c) to aid, assist and support members and their families in case of want, sickness and death and
(d) to promote a more generous and filial respect for the spiritual authority of the Roman Catholic Church.