In a reverent ceremony, Monday, Nov. 9, Knights of Columbus, their wives and parishioners of Sts. Peter and Paul in Wallingford, Conn., welcomed one of six silver roses making their way across North America in an annual Running of the Rose program initiated by the Order. The six silver roses begin their pilgrimage from different parts of Canada and travel throughout the United States. Two of the roses end their journey in Mexico at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
In Wallingford, the event was sponsored by Pinta Council 5. Council member Jim Russell processed the silver rose, accompanied by two Fourth Degree Knights. Presided by Grand Knight John Marriott, the event included hymns and the recitation of the rosary in devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and in dedication to the sanctity of human life.
The last of the six roses, the silver rose that arrived in Wallingford originated from New Brunswick, Canada and is scheduled to travel to different parts of Connecticut throughout November.