Squires pray, escort the Silver Rose

Father Jerome Spexarth leads a rosary as a group of Squires and a Knight of Columbus escort a case containing the Silver Rose during its journey through Wichita. (Advance photo)

Teenagers escort the Silver Rose between St. Jude and St. Pat’s on its way to Mexico
By Christopher M. Riggs
Escorting the Silver Rose from St. Jude to St. Patrick parish last Friday turned out to be more than just a hike for the Squires of St. Jude and St. Patrick parishes in Wichita.
A dozen Knights of Columbus Squires enjoyed a beautiful fall day while walking a case containing a silver rose that is making its way from Canada to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.
The young men assisted the Knights of Columbus of the four dioceses in Kansas who are taking part in the Silver Rose Program, a North American effort paying tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas.
David Close, Squires chief counselor, said the boys learned about Our Lady of Guadalupe from someone who knows the story well.
“During a prayer service at St. Patrick Church Sister Rosa Cruz talked to the boys about the significance of the rose and told them that her motherhouse was next door to the basilica,” Close said.
He added that the parents of several of the boys said their children couldn’t stop talking about their trek and were honored to be able to take part.

Three Silver Roses will are traveling from Canada to Mexico City to honor life and Our Lady of Guadalupe.

“It was a great pro-life experience that the kids could get involved in,” Close said.
The Silver Rose was then transferred to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for a prayer service last Friday evening.
The rose zigzagged through Kansas with 28 stops over 22 days after it crossed the state line Oct. 18 in Kansas City. From there it traveled to Overland Park, Gardner, Ottawa, Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan, Salina, Russell, Hays, Oakley, Garden City, Dodge City, Great Bend, Pratt, South Hutchinson, McPherson, Newton, El Dorado, Wichita, Derby, and was in Wellington on Nov. 8, before it was transferred to Oklahoma Knights.
This past May, three Silver Roses left Ontario, Canada, and have been traversing the United States by a western, central, and eastern route. All three Silver Roses will be united in Laredo, Texas, to travel over the International Bridge to be delivered to the Knights from Monterrey. The roses’ final destination is the basilica in Mexico City for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12.
The rose is a symbol of the unity among peoples in the Americas. It is also a symbol of the K. of C.’s commitment to the pro-life cause. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the pro-life movement.
“Through the Silver Rose Program the Kansas Knights show support for the Church and its bishops and priests as we pray for the continued strength to do so in these troubled times,” stated Francis Drouhard, state deputy.
“The Silver Rose also symbolizes our commitment to restoring respect for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. As we think in terms of ‘One Life, One Rose,’ it is most appropriate that we turn to Our Lady of Guadalupe who made know her will through Juan Diego and the miracle of roses.”

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