Who are we?
The Johanniter in the United States of America is a branch of the Johanniterorden, officially known as the Brandenburg Bailiwick of the Knightly Order of St. John of the Hospital at Jerusalem. We are a brotherhood devoted to charitable, hands-on Christian service, serving our Master Jesus by serving "our masters the frail, the weak, the sick, and the poor."
While the roughly six dozen Johanniter knights in the United States—along with their friends and families—belong to various Protestant denominations, they work closely together with other Christian and non-Christian charitable organizations, including other branches of the Alliance of the the Orders of St. John of Jerusalem. The Johanniter in the USA are organized within the Subcommandery USA, regionally divided into the Southeast Chapter, the Texas Chapter, the New York Chapter, and the Washington D.C. Chapter.
What do we do?
Unlike our German confreres, Johanniter in the United States do not have our own hospitals or senior citizen homes, nor the Johanniter Rescue Squads on our highways or in our neighborhoods. Instead, we find our callings close to home; our primary efforts are within our respective churches, in which most of us hold positions of leadership and responsibility.
Serving at home
Some examples of our recent service within local communities include:
Serving around the globe
Since we belong to an international service brotherhood, the scope of our charitable efforts also extends around the globe:
Individual Johanniter and local teams work closely with other organizations, including the Salvation Army, an inner-city church in New York City, the Community Family Lutheran Service in Washington D.C., and an Atlanta-based organization that cares for abused women and children. Many of our confreres have brought their personal favorite charities to the attention of the Order, and we have made those part of our own ongoing mission of service.
Johanniter do not change the world, but they want to make a difference. Good Johanniter are good Samaritans, helping wherever and whenever the Lord presents us with a neighbor in need of help. This is our mission.