The Knights of Columbus remains firmly committed to defending the right to life of every human being, from the moment of conception to natural death. Countless councils and individual Knights conduct projects aimed to build a culture of life in their communities. What we choose to do, or not do, about abortion, euthanasia, human cloning and embryonic research impacts lives for generations to come. Take action now and support a culture that values human life at all stages. Here are some of the programs and activities that our council does to promote a culture of life. The closest will usually appear first in the list. 

Silver Rose

Silver Rose

A Higher Purpose

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.

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.

Wilmington is on Route 5 of the journey from Virginia to Mexico. Within each state the Silver Rose will  stop at many Knights of Columbus council's parishes.  The schedule the Father James E. Waters Council 12017 is part of progresses through these states:

February 27 - March 21, Virginia
March 22 - April 18, Tennessee
April 19 - May 16, North Carolina
May 17 - June 13, South Carolina
June 14 - July 11, Georgia
July 12 - August 29, Florida
August 30 - September 26, Alabama
September 27 - October 24, Mississippi
October 25 - November 28, Louisiana
November 29 - December 11, Texas
December 12, Mexico

This is the 61st year for the Silver Rose journey and is described in this article from the Knights of Columbus Supreme website.


Wilmington is one of the sites for LifeChain, an international silent prayer vigil by Christians to communicate their opposition to abortion. The date is Sunday, October 7, 2018 and the rain date is Sunday, October 28.  It runs from 2:30 till 3:30. Knights and families are encouraged to line College Road with banners and posters while praying to end abortion. The Saint Mark location is at the north end of the old KMart parking lot. 

LifeChain is a simple thing we can easily plug into. It's an international demonstration of ordinary families who stand alongside busy thoroughfares with Pro-Life messages. Is it worth one hour of your time to possibly save an unborn child? Is it worth one hour of your family's time to instill the values of the Culture of Life in your children?

40 Days for Life

40 Days for Life is a national inter-denominational program to become more aware of the issues affecting life from conception to natural death.  40 Days for Life ( has daily prayers and reflections online to guide us through the 40 Days devotion.  Council members will be encouraged to avail themselves of this.  The 2018 Autumn 40 Days for Life runs between 9/23 through 11/1.