First Ontario District, Cardinal McGuigan Province
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
At the time of our consideration of the creation of a new Assembly in Ottawa, there were already two assemblies that served the needs of the English Knights in the Ottawa Archdiocese. They were; Cartier Assembly, which was recognized as a bi-lingual Assembly and Father Reynolds Assembly, an English language Assembly. One of our major goals was to bring the Councils of District 66 closer together. The driving force for our new Assembly was PGK Keith Boyden of Council 7873 who also was to become our Charter Faithful Navigator. At the first Organizational Meeting in October1989, twenty-one Sir Knights sat down to create various committees. A committee chaired by Sir Knight Keith Boyden of Divine infant Council, presented a proposal at the February 1990 meeting, that the Assembly be officially organized as the "Bishop John Beahen General Assembly." Although there were many obstacles to overcome in getting the authorities to agree on the requirements to form a new Assembly in the First Ontario District, we worked hard together to achieve our goal. The Supreme Board authorized using the name of a person well known to the Knights in Ottawa, the late Bishop John Beahen, who had served as Auxiliary Bishop of the Ottawa Archdiocese.
On Sunday afternoon, June 24th, 1990, some thirty Sir Knights
the soon to be formed Bishop John Beahen General Assembly #2230 were
exemplified at the Hotel currently known as the Crowne Plaza Hotel on
Street and later proceeded to St. Patrick's Basilica for Mass and
investiture by the Worthy Master of the First Ontario District, Sir
Aubrey Allen. These Sir Knights were to form the core of the soon
to be inaugurated Assembly 2230.
Our original Assembly cites membership from councils 5558, 7873,
8008 and 9005. Assembly 2230 Charter was granted January 25,
Among those attending our inaugural Charter night was Sir Knight
Aubrey Allen, Master First Ontario
Sir Knight Ray Braun O.S.G., State Deputy for Ontario, SK Matt Beahen
of Bishop Beahen, SK Tom Beegan Faithful Navigator of Father Reynolds
and a host of Brother Knights from assemblies across the
Our charter was received by our Faithful Navigator Keith Boyden from
Allen, Master of the First Ontario
Brother Keith Boyden was presented with a ship's Bell for the Assembly
from Sir Knights Jim Jenkins and Ron Delaney.
Click below to see:
#Past Faithful Navigators
Knight of the year
Here to see executive of following years:
Charter members of Assembly
Transfers from Cartier Assembly 0860
thanks to S/K Jean Jacques Vinette F.N. 1991:
Transfers from Father Reynolds Assembly 1670
thanks to S/K Thomas Beggan F.N.1991:
(If you can provide information on missing or previous years please contact Ron Delaney)
A great meal was served, and heartily enjoyed by all . Subsequent meetings were held at various locations and hosted by the respective Councils.
Look at some pictures from our inaugural meeting?
Look at some more pictures from Original Charter Night?
June 24 1990 Exemplification at St Patrick's Church, Ottawa
The 1990's saw the formation of the many programs
would sustain the Assembly throughout the next couple of decades of operation.
During these formative years, the following Sir Knights received from the membership, the honour of setting the direction of the Assembly
as Faithful Navigators of Assembly 2230:
(To See pictures
of Past Faithful Navigators and their bios click on name): (NOTE:
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*Gone to the Father*