Running of the Silver Rose for a Culture of Life Returns to Iowa July 2013

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.

Origins of the Program

  • July 1st | Davenport | Council 14678 | Holy Family @ 1923 Fillmore Street
  • July 2nd | Fort Madison | Council 739 | Holy Family @ 1111 Avenue East
  • July 3rd | Keokuk | Council 619 | Church of All Saints @ 310 South 9th Street
  • July 4th | Burlington | Council 568 | Saints John & Paul @ 700 Division Street
  • July 5th | West Point | Council 2286 | Saint Mary's @ 119 4th Street
  • July 7th | Iowa City | Circle 5412 | Saint Wenceslaus @ 623 Fairchild Street
  • July 9th | Cedar Rapids | Council 14952 | Immaculate Conception @ 857 3rd Avenue SE
  • July 10th | Waterloo | Council 14987 | Memorial for Unborn @ 1955 Locke Avenue
  • July 12th | Tama | Council 7504 | Saint Patrick’s @ 900 Park Street
  • July 13th | Des Moines | Council 15536 | Christ the King @ 5711 SW 9th Street
  • July 14th | Des Moines | Iowa Knights of Columbus State Family Meeting | Holiday Inn Airport @ 6111 Fleur Drive
  • July 15th | Algona | Circle 5420 | Saint Cecelia's @ 715 East North Street
  • July 16th | Manson | Council 14494 | Saint Thomas’ @ 1076 8th Street
  • July 18th | Denison | Council 2074 | Saint Rose of Lima @ 916 2nd Avenue South
  • July 20th | Onawa | Council 6249 | Saint John's @ 1009 13th Street
  • July 21st | Council Bluffs | Council 10805 | Queen of the Apostles @ 3304 4th Avenue

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