About the Serra Club
The year was 1934; the place was Seattle, Washington, and four Catholic friends had an idea. They decided to meet regularly over a meal to discuss how their Christian values could be lived out in their professional lives. Soon more friends were joining them, and within several months they had decided on an additional focus: the encouraging of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. They chose Padre Junipero Serra, the noted Spanish missionary, as patron.
From that beginning Serra International has grown into more than 700 Serra clubs throughout the world with a membership of more than 19,000.
- 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.
Serra International’s Objectives:
- To foster and promote vocations to the ministerial priesthood in the Catholic Church as a particular vocation to service, and to support priests in their sacred ministry;
- To encourage and affirm vocations to consecrated religious life in the Catholic Church; and
- To assist its members to recognize and respond in their own lives to God’s call to holiness in Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit.