Each year, from early March through mid-December, Silver Roses are stewarded by Knights of Columbus councils along routes from Canada to Mexico. At every stop along the Silver Rose's pilgrimage, the Knights of Columbus hosts a Rosary-centered Prayer Service. This year, St. Peter will be hosting the Silver Rose and will celebrate a Prayer Service with the parish's Hispanic community.
The Prayer Service will be held on Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Church. Knights of Columbus and parishioners will pray for the dignity of human life, for the spiritual renewal of each participating nation, and for the advancement of the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Please join us on June 24 for this special occasion.
History of the Silver Rose
Our Lady of Guadalupe did so much for her people in Mexico that, in 1960, the Columbian Squires, a youth organization of the Knights of Columbus, wanted to give something back to her. The group of young men in Knights of Columbus Council 2312 in Monterrey, Mexico, came up with the idea of running a rose to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Monterrey, Mexico. The rose was chosen to commemorate Juan Diego and the miracle of the roses, an important part of the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The first rose was a natural rose and was blessed by Bishop John C. Cody of London. It was then flown to New York where it was received by Grand Knight Joseph Thomasen, who in turn, took it to Supreme Knight Luke E. Hart. Mr. Hart then shepherded the rose to Dallas, Texas. There, Texas State Deputy Jack Collerin received the rose and took it to Laredo, Texas, where it was finally given to the Squires from Monterrey, Mexico, at the International Bridge in Laredo. They ran the rose from the International Bridge through Sabinas Hidalgo N.L., Mexico, to Cienega de Flores and on to the Basilica in Monterrey, Mexico, on December 12, 1960.