May 3, 2013
102nd Knights of Columbus Convention
This year I travelled to Richmond, BC to attend the 102nd State Convention for British Columbia and the Yukon, held on April 25-28 at two large hotels; hundreds of delegates and guests attended.
It began with a day given over entirely to the annual 4th Degree gathering and ended with Sunday morning Mass on the 28th. Saturday evening featured the State Banquet with at least 400 in attendance.
As State Chaplain, I was active both in the Liturgical life of the Convention and involvement with the business sessions. I was most pleased to see so many Knights from Vancouver Island in attendance as well as clergy from our Diocese. It was also good to see Bishop Ken Nowakowski from the Eparchy of New Westminster, as well as Bishop Stephen Jensen and Archbishop Michael Miller as participants in the Convention.
There were many highlights; perhaps mention could be made of the many charitable causes the Knights support such as supplying wheelchairs to people in need around the world.
One business session saw the Knights raise over $22,000 among the 119 Knights in attendance. Many awards were won by Councils from the Diocese of Victoria—too numerous to cite here!
However, I should mention that the new Bishop Demers 4th Degree Assembly walked away with many awards, including one recognizing the most membership growth in this past year. As well, the Boyd Family from St. Andrew's Cathedral won the Family of the Year award.
Bishop Gagnon with Mrs. Marian Wauthy
and Bishop Demers Assembly Faithful Navigator
It was also wonderful to see participation from the United States, particularly from Washington, Oregon and Idaho. There was also a Supreme Director bringing greetings from Supreme Knight, Carl Anderson in New Haven, Connecticut.
Job well done, State Council for BC and the Yukon with State Deputy Wil Wilmot from the Diocese of Victoria!
~ Download the Bishop's Blog here
The Boyd Family of St. Andrew's Cathedral wins "Family of the Year" award