Pilgram Icon and Silver Rose Programs

Pilgrim Icon

Every few years, the Knights of Columbus selects an icon of a saint whose patronage is particularly inspiring to Knights and their communities. Each jurisdiction receives one or several of these icons which travel from council to council and serve as the centerpieces for prayer services in parishes throughout the Order. More than 174,800 council and parish prayer services with some 22 million participants have been held since the first traveling pilgrim icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1979. For Pilgrim Icon Program resources, visit www.kofc.org/pilgrimicon.

Silver Rose

Each year, from early March through mid-December, Silver Roses are stewarded by Knights of Columbus councils along routes from Canada to Mexico. Every stop the Silver Rose makes throughout the pilgrimage is a rosary-centered occasion for Knights, parishioners and community members to pray for respect for life, for the spiritual renewal of each nation, and for the advancement of the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe.


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. 

St. Joseph Icon 2022-2023

Spread devotion to St. Joseph and pray for the courage to stand up and carry out our mission of protecting, defending, and raising future generations.

Silver Rose 2023

Share the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe and promote respect for life by participating in this meaningful pilgrimage. The Silver Rose program demonstrates the unity between Knights of Columbus in Canada, the United States and Mexico, through a series of prayer services promoting the dignity of all human life and honoring Our Lady.

#10625 – Guide Sheet

#10219 – Vertical Poster

#4841 – Service Bulletin

#10723 – Horizontal Poster

#9754 – Our Lady of Guadalupe Pledge Cards

Silver Rose Schedule 2023

UPDATED: 6/28/2023

The Silver Rose is scheduled to be in Ohio from June 25 through July 22, 2023.  The Silver Rose is available on a first come, first served basis scheduled through your District Deputy and District Deputy Coordinators.  For councils interested in hosting the Silver Rose, please contact your District Deputy to make arrangements.  Below is the tentative schedule.

Archdiocese of Cincinnati (June 26-June 29)
Date Diocese Tour Day Viewing Location
Sunday, June 25 Transfer to Cincinnati
Monday, June 26 Cincinnati 2 Elder Council 1195, St. Gertrude Church, 7PM
Tuesday, June 27 Cincinnati 3 Father Brotzge Council 14665, Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, 7PM (Bilingual Prayer Service)
Wednesday, June 28 Cincinnati 4 La Morenita de Guadalupe Council 16571, St. Mary Church 6PM Prayer Service
Thursday, June 29 Cincinnati 5 Minster Council 2158, St. Augustine Church, 7PM

Transfered from Kentucky to Cincinnati on June 25, 2023

Diocese of Toledo (July 1-July 4)
Date Diocese Tour Day Viewing Location
Friday, June 30 Transfer to Toledo Diocese
Saturday, July 1 Toledo 7 St. Rose Perrysburg. 215 E Front St, Perrysburg, OH 43551 Bruce Brancheau , 419-265-6767
Sunday, July 2 Toledo 8 St. John the Evangelist Church, 201 N. Pierce Street, Delphos, Ohio 45833, Contact: Deacon Gene Honigford, 419-236-5007
Monday, July 3 Toledo 9
Tuesday, July 4 Toledo 10
Diocese of Cleveland (July 6 - July 9)
Date Diocese Tour Day Viewing Location
Wednesday, July 5 Transfer to Cleveland Diocese
Thursday, July 6 Cleveland 12 OPEN
Friday, July 7 Cleveland 13

District 31, SS Cosmas and Damian Our Lady of Guadalupe #11831
Contact: Robert Walsh, 216-533-1134

Saturday, July 8 Cleveland 14 District 26, Lafayette Council #3970
Contact: Teran Taggart 440-665-4078
Sunday, July 9 Cleveland 15 District 24, Brunswick Council #4847.  Contact Dave Heilman, GK.  380-222-4467


Diocese of Youngstown (July 11-July 14)
Date Diocese Tour Day Viewing Location
Monday, July 10 Transfer to Youngstown Diocese
Tuesday, July 11 Youngstown 17
Wedesday, July 12 Youngstown 18 District 72, Holy Martyrs Council 4733 GK Richard Cuenot 330-455-9366
Thursday, July 13 Youngstown 19
Friday, July 14 Youngstown 20 Transfer to Columbus Dioceses
Diocese of Columbus (July 16-July 18)
Date Diocese Tour Day Viewing Location
Saturday, July 15 Columbus 21 Transfer to Columbus Diocese.  Council 12772 – time TBD – Doug Costello District Deputy 42
Sunday, July 16 Columbus 22 District 36, Council 10863 Contact: Mike Less [email protected] 949-422-0840
Monday, July 17 Columbus 23 District 37, Perpetual Help Council #4603, Grove City, Contact: Ken Walker 614-989-3724
Tuesday, July 18 Columbus 24 District 42, Delaware Council #1056 Contact: Doug Costello 740-965-6206
Diocese of Steubenville (July 20-July 23)
Date Diocese Tour Day Viewing Location
Wednesday, July 19 Transfer to Steubenville Diocese
Thursday, July 20 Steubenville 26
Friday, July 21 Steubenville 27
Saturday, July 22 Steubenville 28 District 52, Bellaire Council #1246 Contact: GK Douglas Kosky 304-215-2716
Sunday, July 23 – Transfer from Ohio State Council to West Virgina State Council.  Bob Hammer [email protected] 304-940-2048