Beginning in March 2017, six Silver Roses will start their journey across North America, from Canada to the United States to Mexico. The 2017 Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose - One Life, One Rose Program will conclude on December 12, 2017 on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Monterrey, Mexico.
2017 marks the 57th year of the program which began in 1960 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 Knights of Columbus councils and Fourth Degree assemblies in several jurisdictions.
In 2001, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson expanded the program by beginning the "Running of the Rose" from the 119th Annual Meeting of the Supreme Council in Toronto. This 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."
Today, six Silver Roses travel through North America exemplifying Knights of Columbus devotion to Our Lady and commitment to the Culture of Life.
This year, one rose begins in British Columbia and then heads south along the Pacific coast and turning east on a winding path through the southwest and mountain states before reaching Texas. A second rose starts in Saskatchewan, goes to Alberta and then heads south entering the United States in Montana and traveling 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 Indiana moving through the Midwest and 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 Ontario and travels throughout the northeast, completing its journey in Connecticut.