The Genoa Assembly 863 was founded on August 19, 1929 in Belleville, Ontario. The name Genoa was chosen because it is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Father Michael J. McGivney, who founded the Knights of Columbus at St. Mary's Church in New Haven Connecticut, chose Christopher Columbus as the Order's patron. The Catholic explorer is revered as a man of vision, courage and missionary spirit. He is a symbol that allegiance to ones country does not conflict with allegiance to their faith.