The Blessed Gerard Society was established in 1998 as a way of recognizing the members of the Order who have included the Order of Malta in their will or other estate planning. Membership in our religious order does not cease upon death. It is eternal, continuing in the company of that heavenly fraternity of Blessed Fra’ Gerard. As our membership continues, so should our support of our beloved Order.
Unless otherwise designated, all testamentary gifts are deposited in the Blessed Gerard Fund. A small percentage of this fund is drawn down each year to help support special projects recommended by the Grants Committee and approved by our Board of Directors. Over the years dozens of projects have directly improved lives by caring for the sick and the poor in our communities at home as well as internationally thanks to the hundreds of thousands of dollars that were drawn annually from this fund.
Throughout the history of the Order, Knights and Dames of Malta have been sustaining the Order and its Hospitaller works in this manner. The Blessed Gerard Fund remains an important way of perpetuating this obligation, and more importantly, the noble work of the Order. Our goal is that every member, over time, will make this commitment.