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.
from the COLUMBIETTES
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
† Several Sources Pregnancy Center
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.
† 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!
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