August 16, 2019 – Fifth grade students at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School ran in the Silver Rose Run sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Timothy J. Coyle Council 9317 today. The actual Silver Rose passed through Memphis over the summer. The Knights wanted to continue the tradition at SFA and made a few changes to the program. This year, every 5th grade student received a red rose to carry during the run. Knight of Columbus member, Mr. Tom Griesmer explained that the rose symbolizes the value of human life in all its stages. He talked with the students about the story of Juan Diego and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Following the run, the students placed their roses at the statue of Mary located at the center of campus.
Each year, five Silver Roses travel across Canada and the United States en route to Guadalupe, Mexico for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in December. The Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose has been a Knights of Columbus tradition for 59 years.