Meetings are held on the first
of the month at 8PM,
in McKenna Hall at Our Lady of the Lake Church,
294 Sparta Avenue, Sparta.
The Marquette Council was chartered on June 1, 1901 and became the nation's five
hundredth and eighty eighth council of the Knights of Columbus. Our name was
selected in honor of Father Jacques Marquette, a French priest and explorer.
Father Marquette, a member of the Jesuit Order, was born in France in 1637, and
came to the New World to teach Christianity to the Indians and to explore the
new country. He settled in Canada and worked with the Indian tribes setting up
missions and exploring much of the region around the Great Lakes. He died in
Canada in 1675.
The Council was "First" headquartered in Franklin Furnace, NJ and has used
various locations in Sussex County during its long and successful history. It is
currently headquartered in McKenna Hall in Sparta, NJ. During 1987, the First
Degree team was certified and in early 1989 the Second Degree team was
certified. The degree teams have been extremely active ever since and also hold
institutional degrees for newly started councils. The Marquette Council works
closely with three Parishes in Sussex County; Our Lady of the Lake in Sparta,
St. Thomas in Ogdensburg and
Immaculate Conception in Franklin.
On February 7, 1988, the Marquette Columbiettes were chartered and in June 1989
the first Squires Circle 3734 was chartered.