Silver Rose Run

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One Life, One Rose

Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose Run

Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose Run – One Life, One Rose


Beginning in April 2015, six Silver Roses will begin their journey across North America, from Canada to the United States to Mexico. One Rose begins in British Columbia and heads south along the Pacific coast before winding path through the southwest and mountain states before reaching Texas. A second rose starts in Alberta entering the United States in North Dakota 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 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 New Brunswick and travels throughout the northeast, completing its journey in Connecticut. The 2015 Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose - One Life, One Rose Program will conclude on December 12, 2015 on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Monterrey, Mexico.

2015 marks the 56th year of the program which 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 Columbian Squires circles, councils and Fourth Degree assemblies in several jurisdictions.

In 2001 Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson expanded the program by beginning the “Running of the Rose” from the 119th Annual Meeting of the Supreme Council in Toronto. “The ‘Running of the 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 that we turn to Our Lady of Guadalupe who made known her will through Juan Diego and the miracle of the roses.” 

In 2015, The Third Silver Rose will start its run on April 26th in Manitoba working way through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois before entering Missouri on August 9th in St. Louis, MO. From St. Louis it will travel to St. Charles, Troy, Hannibal, Moberly, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Laurie, Hermitage, Springfield, Marshfield, Rolla, St Clair, Potosi, House Springs, Bloomsdale and Jackson, ending its Missouri run in Sikeston on August 30th. The Rose will be transferred to Columbia, Kentucky for the next leg of its journey where it will then pass through Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas before entering Mexico. You can view the entire Silver rose Run itinerary on our State Council calendar. If you need more information, please contact Chairman Tom Mattingly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 636-946-6164.

If you need more information:

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 The Story Behind the Running of the Silver Rose

Our Lady of Guadalupe has done so much for her people and country that an assembly of young men called the Columbian Squires associated with the Knights of Columbus wanted to give something back to her.