Order to the Merit Melitense

Order to the Merit Melitense Established in 2010, the Knightly Order to the Merit Melitense is given in recognition of those activities that have conferred honour and prestige on the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. It is mainly awarded to non-members of the Order. The Order  to the Merit Melitense is awarded both by Decree of the Sovereign Council and by motu proprium of the Governor General .

  • The awards are made on: 24 June, feast of St. John the Baptist, Patron of the Order – 13 October, feast of Blessed Gerard, founder of the Hospital of St. John .

  • Excluded from these provisions are the motu proprium awards and those to authorities and officials of the Order of Malta when terminating their responsibilities and offices.

  • The grades of the Order  to the Merit  Melitense are: 1 – the Collar, 2 – the Cross, 3 – the Medal. The Collar  to the Merit Melitense is normally awarded to Heads of State.

  • The grades of the Cross of the Order to the Merit Melitense are: 1 – Grand Cross to the Merit Melitense; 2 – Grand Officer to the Merit Melitense; 3 – Commander to the Merit Melitense; 4 – Officer to the Merit Melitense; 5 – Cross to the Merit Melitense

  • The Medal of the Order to the Merit Melitense has three grades: 1 – Gold Medal, 2 – Silver Medal, 3 – Bronze Medal. The Gold Medal is reserved for those who have assisted the Order of Malta putting their lives at risk.