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Washington State Programs 2019 - 2020

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Dr Scott E. Hulse, FC
State Program Director
Phone: (360) 243-0745

January 2020

2020 Pilgrimage of the Silver Rose Through Washington State


Councils wishing to participate during the 2020 Pilgrimage of the Silver Rose through Washington State should review the preliminary schedule in a list that follows and contact their District Deputy to reserve a date. The schedule may change if there are Districts that do not want to participate in the Pilgrimage; however, the sequence is fixed. Some Districts may be able to have the Silver Rose for more time if there are more requests than can be accommodated and time slots become vacated.

The Silver Rose is a sculpture of the Castilian Rose that Mary placed in Juan Diego’s cloak to convince Bishop Juan de Zumarraga of Mary’s apparition on the Hill of Tepeyac outside what is now Mexico City. When Juan Diego opened his cloak to show the Bishop the Castilian Roses, an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was etched into the cloak where Mary had placed the roses. The Silver Rose has become a symbol of the Knights of Columbus devotion to Mary, the Mother of God, the Mother of our Church, the Mother of all the Americas, Protector of the Unborn, and Patroness of the Disadvantaged.

The apparition of Mary as Our Lady of Guadalupe to a sheep herder in Spain occurred long before the apparition of “la Virgen de Guadalupe” at the Hill of Tepeyac in what is now Mexico during the Sixteenth Century. Our Lady of Guadalupe is named after her apparition at the location where a carved image of Our Lady was discovered along Guadalupe River in Spain, during the Fourteenth Century. A Church, built at the location where the carved image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was found buried, was visited by Christopher Columbus, who went to that Church to pray for safe passage before he departed on his journey to discover the Americas and again when he returned to Spain so that he could thank God for protection during his voyages. Christopher Columbus’ devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe provides added context to the Knights of Columbus Pilgrimage of the Silver Rose. (Kim Washburn, Washington State Secretary provided the information contained in this paragraph. A more detailed historical description of Our Lady of Guadalupe can be viewed at

The Knights of Columbus annual Pilgrimage of the Silver Rose was initiated by Squires from Monterrey, Mexico, when they began running a relay from the United States border with Mexico at Laredo, Texas, to the Basilica for Our Lady of Guadalupe in Monterrey, Mexico, carrying a fresh Castilian Rose. The Pilgrimage, which is the precursor to the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 12 December,  has expanded so that today eight silver sculptures of the Castilian Rose are carried from Alaska and Canada, south, along different routes through the United States and Mexico to Mexico City and the Basilica for Our Lady of Guadalupe, where the sculptures are presented during the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The Washington State Council is expecting to receive the Silver Rose from the British Columbia/Yukon State (Provincial) Council Sunday, 3 May. Details for the exchange are being negotiated. The Silver Rose will be transported to Pullman so that it is available 5 May for the start of the Pilgrimage through the Palouse country in the extreme southeastern corner of Washington State and then to Pullman, Walla Walla, the Tri-cities and through the Yakima Valley to Yakima. The Silver Rose will be at the Washington State Knights of Columbus  convention Sunday Mass, 17 May. The Silver Rose can be available for one or more later Sunday Masses in Yakima during 17 May.

The Pilgrimage of the Silver Rose will continue after the convention from Blaine, 18 May, southward along the I-5 corridor to Portland, Oregon. It is uncertain exactly where the transfer of the Silver Rose to the Oregon State Council will take place; however, an effort is being made to have the transfer take place during a Mass at the Grotto, the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, a Roman Catholic ministry of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary in Portland, Oregon, Sunday, 14 June.

There are currently four fixed dates and locations during the Pilgrimage of the Silver Rose through Washington State. These include the first week of the Pilgrimage through the Palouse because that region has not had the opportunity previously to participate in the Pilgrimage. Sunday Mass at the Washington State Council convention, 17 May, is the second fixed date. Sunday, 31 May, is the third fixed date because we are requesting an opportunity to present the Silver Rose at St James Cathedral in Seattle; otherwise, the Silver Rose will be in District 15.

The Washington State Council will transfer custody of the Silver Rose to the Oregon State Council 14 June. 

The preliminary schedule for the 2020 Pilgrimage of the Silver Rose through Washington State is as follows:

· District 8 – 5 May through 10 May (Clarkson, Colfax, Colton, Pomeroy, Pullman and Uniontown)

· District 7 – 11 May through 13 May (Eltopia-Connell, Kennewick, Pasco, Richland and Walla Walla)

· District 17 – 14 May through 15 May (Grandview, Granger, Prosser and Toppenish)

· District 6 – 16 May through 17 May (Cle Elum, Moxee, Selah and Yakima)

· District 9 – 18 May (Bellingham, Ferndale and Lynden)

· District 31 19 May through 20 May (Arlington, Burlington, Camano-Stanwood, Mt Vernon and Sedro Woolley)

· District 13 21 May through 23 May (Everett, Lake Stevens/Granite Falls, Marysville and Snohomish)

· District 16 24 May St Mary of the Valley Council 9910 (Bothell, Kirkland, Mill Creek and Monroe)

· District 26 25 May through 26 May (North Seattle and Shoreline)

· District 1 27 May through 28 May (Central Seattle)

· District 33 29 May through 30 May (South Seattle, Burien)

· District 15 31 May (South Seattle, Tukwila)*

· District 27 1 June through 2 June (Black Diamond, Covington, Kent and Renton)

· District 12 3 June through 4 June (Auburn, Des Moines, Federal Way, Fife)

· District 3 5 June through 6 June (Buckley, Enumclaw, Puyallup, Spanaway and Sumner/Orting)

· District 34 7 June St. Francis Cabrini Council 4322 (JBLM, South Tacoma and Lakewood)

· District 22 8 June through 9 June (Tacoma and Yelm)

· District 4 10 June (Centralia, Chehalis, Lacey, Olympia)

· District 25 11 June (Kelso-Castle Rock, Longview, Woodland)

· District 35 12 June (Battle Ground, Vancouver)

· District 11 13 June (Camas-Washougal, Goldendale, Vancouver)

· Portland, Oregon 14 June

Councils should contact their District Deputies to schedule participation in the 2020 Pilgrimage of the Silver Rose within your Districts. Please contact me directly if you are unable to make contact with your District Deputy. I will be contacting all District Deputies in Districts along the route for the 2020 Pilgrimage of the Silver Rose immediately after the first of the year. My contact information is or by telephone at (360) 243-0745.

** Tentative depending on whether presentation of the Silver Rose during Mass at St James Cathedral is allowed.


Vivat Jesus! 

Scott Hulse

State Program Director


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