Silver Rose continues traveling across Iowa

Father Marty Goetz and members of the Knights of Columbus display the Silver Rose during a stop at St. John Church in Burlington.

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 of the Knights of Columbus.
In 2001, Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl 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 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 by 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 received the rose on July 1 at Holy Family Parish in Davenport, and the rose makes its way across Iowa through July 21 when it will transfer from Council Bluffs to Nebraska.
Knights of Columbus Council 619 of Keokuk hosted the rose on July 3 at a Marian rosary service at All Saints Church in Keokuk. Knights of Columbus Council 568 and Fourth Degree Mackin Assembly 261 of Burlington hosted the rose July 4 at a Marian rosary service at St. John Church in Burlington after Mass.

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