California State Council
2017 Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose Program
” Running of the Silver Rose ”
The Silver Rose Program was started by Brother Knights in Council 2312 in Monterrey, Mexico almost 56 years ago. They asked Squires in Laredo, Texas and London, Ontario, Canada to start the first relay of running of the Rose beginning in London, Ontario, Canada. The First Rose was blessed by Bishop John C. Cody in London then flown to New York and received by a local council. From there it was transported to Supreme Knight Luke E. Hart who then delivered the Rose to the district officers in Dallas, Texas. A Brother Knight received the Rose and sent it to Laredo, Texas where the Squires from Monterrey, Mexico accepted it at the International Bridge. After receiving the Silver Rose, they ran it to Monterrey where it was displayed at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The first Silver Rose Run used a natural rose. The following year Squires wanted to make a Silver Rose Run but the natural rose was no longer useable. Knights from council 1134, Reverend Edward Garfield, and Bishop John C. Cody decided to have a rose made from bronze because it would be sturdier and last longer than a natural rose. This rose was sent to Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Monterrey, Mexico.
After hearing of the creation of a bronze rose Council 1134 and Squires Circle 660 in Monterrey had a Brother Knight make a rose using silver because it is one of the precious metals in Mexico. Brother Miguel Montoya (a jeweler) made the first Silver Rose in 1961 and all subsequent Silver Roses until 1997.
In the 1990s Supreme Knight Virgil Dechant initiated the Silver Rose as a Supreme Council program. Three Silver Routes were established in the United States and Canada. One similar to the original route; the second in Manitoba moving to British Columbia, down the Pacific Coast before heading east to Arizona then onto Texas; the third route began in New York, then traveled down the eastern seaboard through several southern states before arriving in Texas. After the three Silver Roses arrived in Laredo, Texas they were transported to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Monterrey for the closing prayer service held on December 12th, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration.
In 2001 at the 119th Annual Meeting of the Supreme Council in Toronto, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson designated the Silver Rose Program as part of the Culture of Life Program. Materials provided for the Silver Rose Program include Prayer Booklets in English and Spanish, flyers, news media releases, and parish bulletin announcements.
The Silver Rose has already started its journey in British Columbia, Canada on March 5, 2017, will travel through British Columbia in April 2017, then travel down through Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and finally arrive in Texas in early November this year. From Texas, the Silver Rose will be transferred to Mexico for its final destination at the Basilica in Monterrey on December 12, 2017, Our Lady of Guadalupe. For more on the history, please visit here.
California will receive the Silver Rose on Sunday, August 6, 2017 in Nevada. The Silver Rose will be transferred at a special ceremony at a Parish in Nevada. The Silver Rose route and a preliminary schedule are currently under development and will be coordinated with the participating Chapters. The final route and schedule will be published in late May this year. Due to time constraints and the logistics of travel, it’s not possible to include all the Chapters in the Silver Rose route each year. The goal is to alternate the Silver Rose route each year in different Chapters. We are requesting chapters and councils that are selected to assist in transporting the Silver Rose and hold prayer services. The Silver Rose is fragile and is stored in a special container. It must be handled carefully. Prayer booklets and cards accompany the Silver Rose. Additional prayer booklets and cards can be ordered from the Supreme Supply Department. Further information will be provided after it becomes available. We have only 35 days to transport the Silver Rose from Nevada and hold prayer services before transferring it to Arizona. The Silver Rose will be transferred to our Brother Knights in Yuma, Arizona on September 10, 2017.
We are honored to have the Knights on Bikes organization provide an escort for the Silver Rose as it travels throughout California. Chapter President Charles “Moe” Mogayzel, a member of Blessed Sacrament Council 5322, says it’s an honor for him and his fellow riders to be part of the Silver Rose run. The Knights on Bikes has chapters in 37 states. They are a Band of Brother Knights whose mission is to promote charity works within their communities and camaraderie among fellow motorcycle riders who are Catholic. Their motto is “In God We Trust and Ride.”
Gerald R Fong
Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose Program
California State Chairman