It’s taken a while, but I think I have finally rounded up as much information as I can regarding the conviction of Ottawa’s Steve Fagan.
Fagan, a layman and former adult leader of the Our Lady of Fatima (OLF) Columbian Squires circle, sexually abused a 14-year old Squire in the summer of 1984, during the weekend of Father Paul Hamilton‘s ordination in Kingston, Ontario. The victim had travelled to Kingston for the occasion from another corner of the province. Fagan and a group from the OLF Squires travelled from Ottawa.
As you can see on the page, Father Paul Hamilton was an active member of the OLF Squires while he was pursing studied for the priesthood in Ottawa. Ditto his good friend Father Michael Reed., who was ordained two years earlier .
And, as you can also see, the leader of the OLF group was Father Stephen Hill –
and, Father Hill, ordained 1978, was a late vocation to the priesthood, a former teacher at St. Pius X High School, a very good friend of and former secretary to Bishop John Beahen, an active member of the Knights of Columbus, canon lawyer and past president of the Canadian Canon Law Society ,
Both Father Stephen Hill and Steve Fagan held leadership roles with the provincial board of the Ontario Squires.
Father Hill died February 1999. At the funeral (St. Patrick’s in Ottawa) Father Paul Hamilton sang/chanted from the old pulpit a strange repetitive refrain – “Out of the darkness and into the light.”
Google “Columbian Squires” to learn more about them. I find that they are routinely described as “an international youth fraternity run by the Knights of Columbus for Catholic boys between the ages of 10 and 18.”
In researching I found that Barry McGrory was a member of the Squires way back when. I will post the article later, along with an update on Father Douglas Stamp and some news regarding Father Kenneth Steffen in the States.
Enough for now.