The Order s activities are designed to conform to the aims as laid down in the statutes: the Glorification of the Cross, Propaganda of the Faith and Defence of the Holy Roman Church. The members are also obliged by their actions and activities to support the important social missions of Hospitaller Assistance and Charity. The Order has been constrained, however, since the loss of its considerable properties and benefices (confiscated by the Italian government in 1861) so depends now on the generosity and actions of individual members according to their means and abilities.
The majority of the membership being Italian the principle activities of the Order have been undertaken in Italy, but other national groups have each undertaken specific responsibilities and obligations. These are given in detail under each national commission or delegation. Where there is no national commission or delegation, members are encouraged to support the activities of other national commissions or delegations or those organised directly by the Grand Magistery.
An essential requirement of membership is a willingness to participate in the Order s religious and spiritual activities with the further requirement to live Christian lives and undertake the Christian obligation to charitable aid. The Order not only organises under its own auspices religious functions and ceremonies but the members are also expected to fulfil their religious obligations in their individual dioceses and parishes. Because of the relatively small size and limited financial resources of the Order it is not possible to undertake a substantial humanitarian mission, so instead members have been encouraged to organise together support for major humanitarian initiatives under the auspices of other Catholic hospitaller or charitable groups.
Notices of such activities may be found on the web site and members and friends of the Order are encouraged to support them in whatever way they are able.