Serra International Conventions

The 77th Serra International Convention

June 19-23, 2019

One of the world's largest cities, and the most populous one in North America, Mexico City offers a wide variety of attractions, activities and experiences for all visitors to its vast expanse, with great ethnic, architectural, topographical and ecological diversity. 
It also presents a glimpse of the long and rich history of the Mexican capital, from pre-Hispanic times and the colonial era to contemporary life in a city that never ceases to surprise.

Additionally, Mexico City is home to over 100 art galleries, dozens of theatres and concert  halls, and more than 150 museums -- the largest metropolitan concentration of museums in the world! These feature important works and exhibits representing Mexican history and culture; major artists from all over the world take their place alongside these. We invite you to visit Our Lady at her shrine at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, just over 5 miles away from the hotel.

As a special highlight of our convention program, buses will take all convention attendees to Mass at the basilica on Friday, June 21.

If art and history are not really your thing, enjoy shopping or dining in exclusive areas. The opportunities for safe and exciting adventure are endless in Mexico City.

The Serrans of Mexico welcome you most warmly to this enchanting part of the world! Full details here


The 76th Serra International Convention of 2018

The 2018 Serra International convention at the end of June 2018 was an outstanding success with 5 prelates of the church as speakers and concelebrants at our liturgies. The introduction of our new Episcopal Advisor, His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins of Toronto was our keynote speaker expressing the need for more vocations, encouraging our apostolate to continue carrying out our necessary work and  expanding our membership throughout the world. The Cardinal’s homily   here .  Our president’s inaugural speech here
 


 

 
Serra GB Conference, 4th-6th October 2019

"Serra and vocational discernment"
 

By popular request our 2019 Conference will be held 4th - 6th October at the Lancashire Manor Hotel, Wigan. Further details of programme and booking forms will be available soon. The Serra GB conference is an opportunity to learn more about our faith from speakers sharing their experiences either religious or lay persons especially those which demonstrate Christian principles. It is a time to enjoy our liturgical celebrations with our friends and renew friendships.




 

Serra GB  focus newsletter,  February 2019 edition : here

Our Newsletter is distributed to our members, associates, friends of Serra and those interested in our vocations work. 
Should you wish to view previous issues of the focus enter Serra GB focus on your browser and select month from the dropdown list.

 

Current Events 
   
                                               
Vigils for vocations:

As we approach the time for the Holy Father's vocations message on Good Shepherd Sunday,12th May, our Vigils take on national and international importance with vigils being held on or around that date. Vigils for Vocations are on going in various parishes throughout the UK,with Mass, reflections, Eucharistic Adoration, speakers, seminarians and finishing with Benediction and Night Prayer.
Contact your local Serra club for more information.


Stations for vocations: 


As Laity, we can never enter fully into the mystery of the life of a priest, but we might, on occasion, discover a "window" through which we catch a glimpse or gain a little deeper understanding of his life as he lives it on the road to Calvary with Jesus. In writing these short meditations on the priesthood for stations for vocations we hope to offer you a "window" such as this to look through. Our booklet  Stations for Vocations by Gerard Humphries is available from your nearest Serra Club or you can download a copy from Maria Regina Cleri here. As you meditate on these Stations please consider offering them for the perseverance of existing vocations and more vocations for our dioceses and country.


Schools Vocations events: 

Our recent senior schools events, with pupils from the 4th-6th years attracted some 500-600 pupils viewing our religious and diocesan exhibitions for priesthood and  consecrated life followed by discussion groups and finishing with a concelebrated voations mass. These school events are becoming very popular with the staff and school chaplains. We hope we are planting the seeds for Lord's call. See our October edition of focus for the schools event photos.

Rosary for Vocations:
 
The last Saturday of every month, Serrans from all over the world are invited to join in a recitation of the Rosary for vocations. Our monthly international Rosary continues on Saturday 30th December and each last Saturday thereafter in 2019. To join the Rosary free of charge from your computer, tablet or smart phone, click   here See also our December issue of Serra GB focus for Rosary with vocations intentions .


Holy Father's message for Good Shepherd 12th May 2019
 

The Holy Fathers message for 2019 will be available soon.

The purpose of the "World day of prayer for vocations" is to publicly celebrate vocations to ordained ministry and religious life in all its forms.  Many parishes and religious institutes commemorate this day with prayer for vocations and vocation promotion events. Considering that 73% of women and men professing final vows participated in one or more parish activities and 88 % served in one or more parish ministries before entering religious life, our presence and participation in activities that mark this special day is essential. Consider asking parishes for opportunities to speak, pray, provide bulletin inserts, prayer cards, and conversation before and after Masses, in religious education programs, RCIA and confirmation classes.
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