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"Lord, open the hearts of many men and women to courageously consider a vocation to the ordained ministry or consecrated life."
The work of the USA Council of Serra International demonstrates its grounding in the baptismal call of unity in holiness and in mission to the world by calling forth laborers to reap the harvest of the Spirit. Serra remains a group of lay men and women who are committed to the work of the Church and who seek to achieve excellence in that vocation while convinced of the need to support its ministers.
By performing works cited as "criteria for ecclesiality for lay groups" by Pope John Paul II in Christifideles Laici, Serrans continue "the reawakening of vocations to . . . the ministerial priesthood and the consecrated life . . . and [maintain] a capacity for teaching and forming Christians.
Since 1935, Serra International has grown from the informal luncheon of four men in Seattle WA. to a global association of over 19,000 individuals in more than thirty-six countries.
On May 3, 1951, Serra International was made part of the “Pontifical Work for Priestly Vocations within the Sacred Congregation for Seminaries and University Studies.”
The USA\Canada Council was approved and US clubs and Serrans formed the Council in 1994. In 2000, Serra International approved and Canadian clubs and Serrans formed the the Serra Council of Canada and USA Council each adopted the an organizational structure similar to Serra International. The USA Council adopted the geographical regional boundaries parallel to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Today in Serra International ...
Serra's objectives are to foster and promote vocations to the Catholic priesthood and religious life, and to encourage its members to fulfill their own Christian vocations to service.
The Serra International Office is in Chicago, IL and Mr. John Woodward, is the Executive Director. The Serra International Board coordinates the activities of the international committees and supports National Councils in furthering Serra's mission worldwide.
The Serra International Foundation, created in 1951, helps Serra International fulfill its organizational objectives by awarding grants within a competitive application process. Worldwide in scope, the Foundation accepts direct contributions and planned giving.
2013 Serra International Convention
Palma Majorca, Spain
Plan now to attend this wonderful event. The 2013 Serra International Annual Convention will be in Palma Majorca the birthplace of Padre Junipero Serra June 20-23, 2013 it promises to be informative, historical, and very enjoyable. For registration and additional information please visit Serra International.
Today in the USA Council ...
There are over 10,000 Serrans in 290 Serra Clubs in the United States. The primary purpose of the USA Council is to assist and promote the local Serra club.
To accomplish this purpose and respond to the unique vocational needs of the Church in the United States the USA Council of Serra International adopted a structure and vision to support vocations.
The Episcopal Advisor of the USA Council is Most Rev. Peter Christensen, Bishop of Superior, WI.
Mr. Greg Lynch of Serra Club of Santa Clara, CA is the USA Council President. Ed Verbeke, the Executive Director, heads the support staff in the Chicago.
Coordinate the activities of Serra clubs in each of the geographic regions in the United States. District Governors and the local Serra clubs take the lead in Serra’s mission throughout the United States that is to encourage and ensure our vocation work is fulfilled.
Therefore, please consider joining us in asking the Lord of the harvest to bless our efforts in working for vocations:
Four major committees work to further the goals of the USA Council in the areas of Vocations, Membership, Programs, and Communications. Standing goals for of each committee are as follows:
To engage in those projects and programs that will prepare districts and clubs to assist their bishops and vocation directors in carrying out their vocation ministry in the diocese and parishes.
To continue to develop and distribute new manuals and promotional videos dealing with such topics as: affirmation of vowed religious, ordained priests, Life Awareness retreats, parish vocation committees, vocations in minority communities, and programs for youth groups.
To develop in each Serra club a program of adult education and faith formation through new internal Study and Discussion programs on the Eucharist, Vocational Pastoral Ministry, the new Catechism, The Splendor of Truth, and the Apostolate of the Laity and programs for reaching younger, lay Catholics, and a resource library of program materials.
To encourage all Serra Clubs to have active and involved newsletter committees that effectively communicate club activities, provide news to members, increase club morale, and support club goals.
To promote club activities and news within the local community through press releases in local papers, regular contacts with secular and religious press, and access to local and cable television.
To actively strengthen and expand the present clubs with new, enthusiastic members, especially women, and retain current members.
To spread Serra through the formation of new clubs, especially in areas where bishops have requested Serra, and establish and improve our effectiveness in those areas not presently or under served.
The USA Council is seeking Serrans to volunteer their time and talent for these four committees and the other national committees. Please contact the USA Council office.
To have all people respond to God’s call to their vocation in life.
To educate and inform our members, collaborators, and the Catholic Community of our commitment to promote the ordained priesthood and religious life.
To encourage and affirm the ordained priesthood and vowed religious life as a positive lifestyle
To inspire and call forth a well-trained and dedicated corps of leaders at all levels of Serra by spiritual and practical formation.
Therefore, that by our works, we will be recognized and sought after as the organization that actively works and promotes vocations to the ordained priesthood and vowed religious life.
Pray! Invite! Encourage! Affirm! Vocations
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