Johanniter in North America
The formal organization of the United States Subcommandery of the Bailiwick of Brandenburg can be traced back to 1952, although members of the Order have been here for over a century.
Johanniter Knights have lived and worked in the United States since the 1840s, and our presence here has been nearly constant since the 1880s. In fact, the Johanniter are believed to be the only branch of the Order of St. John—including The Venerable Order of St. John and the Order of Malta—to have enjoyed so continuous a presence in the United States.
The first known Johanniter in North America was Swedish diplomat and Knight of Honor Adam Christoffer Lövenskiold, who resided in Washington DC from 1845 to 1850 as the Swedish chargé d’affaires to the United States.
A total of twenty-two Johanniter lived in the United States before World War II. In total, from 1845 to the present, over 350 Johanniter are known to have lived in North America. They were not all permanent residents, however. Of those, at least 115 eventually returned to Europe.
The Order has grown from one member in the United States in 1845 to over seventy in the United States and one in Mexico today. Knights are widely dispersed, but there are geographic centers of concentration with a strong Johanniter presence.
- Washington, D.C. – About 1/3 of all Johanniter in the United States today live in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area, including Maryland and Virginia.
- New York – About 1/4 live in or near New York City.
- Dallas and Atlanta – An additional 1/5 live in either the Dallas Metroplex or the Atlanta Metropolitan Region.