One of four Silver Roses on its way to Monterrey, Mexico, as part of the Knights of Columbus’ Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose Program, is visiting several churches in the Diocese of Raleigh.
The Silver Rose program began in 1960 to honor Mary under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. Normally, a single rose would leave London, Ontario and make stops for prayer services in ten U.S. states before crossing the border from Laredo, Texas, to Monterrey. To mark the 50th anniversary of the program, it has been expanded to have four roses traveling through a total of 29 Dioceses in eastern, central and western regions of the country.
The roses are symbols of the Knights of Columbus’ commitment to the pro-life cause. They left Ontario on May 20 and one of them arrived in our Diocese on August 16, stopping for a prayer service at Holy Family Church in Elizabeth City. As of August 21, the rose had made stops for Rosary prayer services in Wilson, Wilmington, Fayetteville, Dunn, and Raleigh. It will continue its journey with visits to Wendell (St. Eugene, 8/22), north Raleigh (St. Luke, 8/23), Apex (St. Mary Magdalene, 8/24), Sanford (St. Stephen the Martyr, 8/25) and Southern Pines (St. Anthony of Padua, 8/26).
The four roses will be reunited in November in Laredo, Texas, before being carried over the International Bridge to be handed over to Knights from Monterrey. The rose’s final destination is the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12.
“The program is perfect for the Knights of Columbus,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson recently observed. “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.”
On August 21st, several Knights, including North Carolina State Deputy John Gouldie, and also Betty Rogosich, Director of Birthchoice, brought the rose to the Catholic Center where they were greeted by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh. The Bishop praised the group for the program and for all their efforts on behalf of the sanctity of life. “The most important effort we make for life is prayer,” the Bishop said, noting, “We still have much work to do, but we must persevere in this sacred cause.”
For details regarding Silver Rose prayer services, please phone the parish office of the hosting church.
Above: One of the four Silver Roses traveling through the U.S. on the way to Mexico to call attention to the Knights' of Columbus pro-life efforts.
Below: The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, greeted Knights bearing the Silver Rose at the Catholic Center. With the Knights was Mrs. Betty Rogosich, Director of Birthchoice.