Dec. 10, three silver roses, whose journey began six months ago in Canada, were exchanged on the International Bridge at the Mexico-United States border as Knights of Columbus delegation from Texas met Knights of Columbus delegation from Mexico. The event symbolized the limitless power of God’s love, communicated to the Americas by Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The Knights of Columbus of the Diocese of Beaumont were some of the many Knights who helped one of the roses along the way. The Knights accepted the Eastern Rose Nov. 28 at St. Maurice, Mauriceville. Diocesan deputy Bob McLendon transferred the Rose Dec. 3 to Knights in Addison.
The first rose began its journey in London, Ontario, and made its way to Monterrey, Mexico. The following year it was decided to make a bronze rose and a silver rose. Two more silver roses were made in later years.
The three silver roses began their separate journeys this year in London. The roses traveled through the western, central and eastern regions of the U.S. before meeting at the International Bridge in Laredo and being handed over to Knights from Monterrey, Mexico. After ceremonies in Nuevo Laredo, the final leg of the 50th running of the rose began Dec. 11 and concluded at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 12.