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.
Their 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
- The BLUE CIRCLE represents the World.
- The WHITE CROSS represents Christ’s love for us –
by His Crucifixion He redeemed the World.
- The RAYS represent our zeal to serve God through the
Mediums of Faith, Hope and Charity symbolized by
the THREE WHITE STARS.