The Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose Program began in 1960 as a project of the Columbian Squires of North America 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 Squires Circles, Councils, and Fourth Degree Assemblies.
In 2001 Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson expanded the program by beginning the Running of the Silver Rose from the 119th Annual Meeting of the Supreme Council in Ontario, Canada to Monterrey, Mexico through the United States.
"The Running of the Silver Rose 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 we turn to our Lady of Guadalupe who made known her will through Juan Diego and the miracle of the roses."
The Silver Rose program features a sculpted silver rose carried by Knights from Canada through the United States to Mexico, bringing the Culture of Life message on its journey. The silver rose is received at Councils and parishes along its journey and Masses and prayer services are offered. Special border ceremonies with Fourth Degree honor guards are held when the rose is transferred from one state to another, and internationally.
Iowa is honored to again host the Running of the Silver Rose through Iowa this July. Below you will find specifics including date, city, Knights of Columbus host, and location. Contact the host or location for more information on the Mass and/or prayer service to be offered.