IRONDALE, Ala. – The Alabama State Deputy of the Knights of Columbus, Pete Parrish and the Alabama officers (on Fr. Joseph’s right) brought the Silver Rose to the 7:00am televised Morning Mass on August 14, 2016. They handed it over to the Tennessee State Deputy, Stephen Comm (on Fr. Joseph’s left). The Silver Rose travels from Canada through several states in the USA and arrives at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12th in order to ask her intercession in overcoming the Culture of Death.
One Life, One Rose is the theme. The Knights encourage everyone to say one Hail Mary for the up-building of the Culture of Life every time they see a rose.
The 2016 Silver Rose Program
Since 1960, the Silver Rose program, originally called Operation Rose, has gathered Knights and Columbian Squires from Mexico, the United States and Canada under the mantle of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. In the mid-1990s, it was adopted as a Supreme Council initiative, which grew to encompass multiple pilgrimage routes and reaffirm the Order’s commitment to the sanctity of human life.
Beginning in March 2016, six Silver Roses will begin their journey across North America, from Canada to the United States to Mexico. The 2016 Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose – One Life, One Rose Program will conclude on December 12, 2016 on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Monterrey, Mexico.
2016 marks the 56th year of the program which began in 1960 to honor the Blessed Virgin under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. The program has continued since then as a project of councils and Fourth Degree assemblies in several jurisdictions.
In 2001 Supreme Knight Carl Anderson expanded the program by beginning the “Running of the Rose” from the 119th Annual Meeting of the Supreme Council in Toronto. This is “a perfect program for the Knights of Columbus,” said Supreme Knight Anderson. “Through it we honor not only Our Lady of Guadalupe and express the unity of the Order, but we also reaffirm the Order’s dedication to the sanctity of human life. It is to the Blessed Mother that we turn in prayer as we work to end the Culture of Death that grips our society. As we think in terms of ‘One Life, One Rose,’ it is most appropriate that we turn to Our Lady of Guadalupe who made known her will through Juan Diego and the miracle of the roses.”
Today six Silver Roses travel through North America exemplifying Knights of Columbus devotion to Our Lady and commitment to the Culture of Life.
This year, one rose begins in Alberta and heads west to British Columbia before heading south along the Pacific coast and turning east on a winding path through the southwest and mountain states before reaching Texas. A second rose starts in Saskatchewan and heads south entering the United States in Montana and travelling through the northern US Rockies and the Great Plains on its way toward Texas. A third rose starts its run in Manitoba, moving south through the central United States and along the Mississippi before turning to Texas. A fourth Rose begins its journey in Ontario moving through the Midwest and some of the Mid-Atlantic States before ending in Washington, D.C. A fifth Rose begins in Virginia and journeys throughout the south on its way to Texas. A sixth Rose starts in Maine and travels throughout the northeast, completing its journey in Connecticut. The program ends on Dec. 12, 2016, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.