Serra GB National Conference 2020


rescheduled for October 2021

 

Our last conference of 2019, past with great memories. See our December issue of focus, 
for more details and photos.


Theme: "Serra and vocational discernment"
 
Glasgow Serra had the honour of organising and hosting our
 
 Serra GB National Conference 
  at The Best Western Lancashire Manor Hotel.   
  It was indeed a most   inspiring presentation given
  by our keynote speaker.  Fr Eamonn Mulcahy C.S.Sp. (Spiritan fathers)   who guided us through the
  Holy Father's apostolic exhortation "Christus vivit" 
   
We were introduced to Fr David Pember also of the Spirit Fathers and  some of his young people   from the "Just Youth Volunteers". 
   Many of the young volunteers are going forward to seminary or congregations to become priests or   religious, but mainly they work promoting our faith among young people.
Both presentations were in response to the Bishop's    "Synod on young people".



Our  National Conference for 2020  has been cancelled and rescheduled to take place 8th-10th October 2021
at the Lancashire Manor Hotel, Wigan.
 with Right Reverand Mark Davies, Bishop of the Shrewsbury Diocese as our celebrant.

 


Serra 78th International Convention

Imagine meeting in a city where cultures collide in a brilliant explosion of flavours emotions and sounds. It is nearly 300 years in the making and the perfect destination for our convention.
New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, home to Creole cuisine and rich with history and unmatched southern hospitality. Our hotel, the Westin New Orleans, sits atop the luxury restaurants and shops at Canal Place, overlooking the mighty Mississippi River and is walking distance to the famous French Quarter and Bourbon Street.                                 
     Registration is now open at: www.serrainternational.org



77th Serra International Convention 2019

Our 2019 convention was a great success. Delegates were treated to typical Mexican Serran hospitality and joined in celebrations of the Eucharist with other members of the Serra community. They enjoyed speakers of international renown. Serrans from across the world were honoured and indeed privileged to visit the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe as a special highlight of our convention program,  Most outside the Americas were not familiar with our Lady of Gaudalupe. See the feature in our August issue of the Serra GB focus.
here 

 
The 76th Serra International Convention 2018
The convention of June 2018 in Nashville 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 .  

 
Serra GB focus newsletter, April 2020 edition: here
                      
 
  In this April edition of the Focus we reflect on the issues raised by the Covid-19 virus
 
The  bi-monthly Serra GB focus is distributed to our members, associates, friends of Serra and those interested in our vocations apostolate.      It contains information relating to our apostolate, vocations stories, themed events related to our liturgical calendar 
and news items from home and abroad.

Should you wish to view previous issues of the focus enter Serra GB focus on your browser and select  the month from the dropdown list.
Retrace St Junipero Serra's footsteps, courtesy EWTN: here

 
Current events


Due to the present health crisis many of 
 
of our Current Events are cancelled.
Spiritual Communion and Prayers for release from Covid-19 here



 
                                                                                                                                                                                    

Vigils for vocations: Cancelled

Around the time of the Holy Father's vocations message on Good Shepherd Sunday, 3rd May, our Vigils take on national and international importance with vigils being held around the country. Vigils for Vocations are on going in various parishes throughout the country, with Mass, reflections, Eucharistic Adoration, speakers, seminarians and finishing with Benediction and Night Prayer.
Contact your local Serra club for more information.


 


Anniversary: Cancelled for present


Glasgow Serra will celebrate the Golden anniversary of their charter on 9th May 2020 
Planning is ongoing for an eventful period of celebration.

 

 

Schools vocations event: Cancelled

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

 

 
Rosary for Vocations:

The last Saturday of every month, Serrans from all over the world are invited to join in a recitation of t
he 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
You can also download Rosary for vocations intentions from our resources page under Holy Hours.


 
Holy Father's 2020 message for
The 57th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, here
"Words of Vocation"

The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publically fulfill the Lord's instruction to, "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). As a climax to a prayer that is continually offered throughout the Church, it affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all that concerns vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life.  While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates its attention this day on vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate), to the Religious life in all its forms (male and female, contemplative and apostolic), to societies of apostolic life, to secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life, in the particular sense of mission "ad gentes".


On the 4th of August last year, the 160th anniversary of the death of the Cure of Ars, The Holy father chose to write a letter to all those priests who daily devote their lives to the service of God's people in response to our Lord's call. He chose four words pain, gratitude, encouragement and praise as a way of thanking priestsand and supporting their ministry. Those words can be addressed to the whole people of God against the backdrop of the Gospel passage the recounts the remarkable experience of Jesus and Peter during a stormy night on the Sea of Galilee (Mt 14:22-33)

 
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