A Silver Rose Program will be held Aug. 28 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 710 W. Marion in Joliet.
The program begins at 6 p.m. (English) and 7:30 p.m. (Spanish)
A silver rose on a nine-month pilgrimage will be the centerpiece of a special prayer service to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe and express international unity and dedication to the sanctity of human life.
The journey of the silver rose begins each year in March and ends on Dec. 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. During that time, Silver Roses travel from town to town along eight routes throughout North America.
Several of those routes begin in Canada and end in Mexico. One route ends in Washington, D.C., and another ends at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, where the Knights of Columbus was founded.
The Silver Rose Program began in 1960, when the first rose – a real, live one – was blessed by a bishop in Ontario. The rose then traveled to New York and then to Texas where it was taken across the border into Mexico.
The rose ended its pilgrimage at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Monterrey on Dec. 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. To better ensure future annual trips, a silver rose was ultimately made. Today, due to the popularity of the program throughout the North American continent, eight silver roses travel unique routes.
In 2001, Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, expanded the Silver Rose Program.
The Aug. 28 program is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Reverend Gordon Michels No. 12014. For more information, call Jerry Bene at 815-927-0056.