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About the Columbiettes . . .
In 1939, Monsignor J. Francis McIntyre, at that time Chaplain of the New York Chapter Knights of Columbus, and who later became Cardinal McIntyre of Los Angeles, California, seeing great numbers of women coming out of a Communist rally at Madison Square Garden, conceived the idea of a ladies organization to work with the Knights of Columbus. The New York Chapter Knights of Columbus formulated a plan for such an organization. There plan called for the establishment of auxiliaries in each Council and to coordinate the efforts of all under the direction of one parent group. On March 2, 1939 the first Columbiettes were instituted in New York City. Since that memorable day, many new auxiliaries were formed and eventually State Councils and a Supreme Council were established. New members are initiated in these subordinate auxiliaries and it is only through the integrity, strength and scope of these auxiliary activities that the Columbiettes have become a recognized group of women working with the Knights of Columbus , promoting the ideals of Columbianism.

The chief purpose of the Columbiettes is to stand ready at all times to give service to its affiliated Knights of Columbus Council. All of the traditions and projects of the Order have been originated, developed, executed and supported by individual members of the Order. The responsibility of continuing and improving upon the great work started by them depends upon the new members joining our Order.


Recruit a new member.  Contact Laura Labetti.


President: Nina DiCostanzo

Vice President: Laura Labetti

Secretary: Michele Sciarrino

Treasurer: Lillian Holmes

Financial Secretary: Maureen Italiano

Sentinel: Marge Kenter

Chaplain: Rev. Steven Carey

Past President: Joan Winant

Looking for Growth Opportunities? Get Involved with the Columbiettes!
The St. John’s Council Columbiettes was formed in 2005 under the encouragement of St. John's Council #1345. Its members are primarily from St. John’s in Bergenfield and St. Mary’s in Dumont, NJ. We are currently the only Columbiette organization in Bergen County and have many members from parishes countywide.

Today, our auxiliary continues to grow in membership and our service to the church and community. Listed here are some of the charities that we support:

Several Sources Pregnancy Center
Juvenile Arthritis Foundation
St. Mary’s and St. John’s Food Pantries
Julia’s Butterflies
St. John’s Council Scholarship fund
American Special Children’s Pilgrimage Group (ASCPG)
Operation Comfort Warriors
Numerous other ministries and charities!
Some major goals of the Auxiliary are to promote faith development and understanding and discernment of vocations (from the married life, to the single life, to the priesthood, and religious life), and we participate in pro-life advocacy and community service.

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