Serra GB National Conferences

 

National Council meeting of 3rd April 2022

 

Following some 2 years of restrictions due to Covid, our Serra GB board shared and regenerated many of our external programmes to be adopted as soon as possible within our dioceses. The emphasis on restoring our membership which has declined over the past two years is still of concern. We need new members to help us expand our work in order to encourage more vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. If you are interested in supporting us and our Church, please contact us on our SERRA GB website.

 

Emphasis was placed on the continued support we must give to our Bishops and vocations directors, through prayer and action, the most important aspects of our work.




 

Congratulations to our Liverpool club on their 65th Anniversary on 28th April,
the first Serra club in Europe.
His Grace the Archbishop of Liverpool
The Most Rev Malcolm McMahon, welcomed all to the Cenacle, Tithebarn Grove, Lance Lane, Liverpool L15 6TW.
  commemorating the event and praying for all deceased Serrans.




 

Our last National conference due to Covid was held in 2019, developed on the Holy Father's document "Christus Vivit."


Theme: "Serra and vocational discernment."



 
Glasgow Serra had the honour of organising and hosting our Serra GB National Conference of 2019 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 f rom the "Just Youth Volunteers" also of the Spiritan Fathers with some of his young members. Many of the young volunteers go forward to seminary or novitiate to become priests or religious, but mainly they work promoting our faith among young people.


 



Serra International Conventions

 

SERRA'S 79TH INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION TORONTO

JULY 14-17, 2022
The Serra International Convention in Toronto has just ended, a convention that will be remembered as one of the most beautiful and interesting in our history,

The theme of the convention,
“ Witnesses of the Word: Serrans Called to Action. “

The opening Mass in the beautiful Cathedral of Toronto, concelebrated by two cardinals and five bishops, immediately warmed the hearts of the attendees.

In particular, the words of welcome and good wishes from Cardinal Collins, the Archbishop of Toronto, Episcopal Advisor to Serra International and Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec, conveyed to those present their esteem and affection for the work of Serrans throughout the world.

Cardinal Collins, and Cardinal Lacroix were present throughout the Convention, despite the feverish preparations for the Pope's arrival in Canada a few days later.

Full report to follow

 


Serra GB

 

focus

 

Newsletter.

 

August edition 2022
June edition 2022 



 

The Focus newsletter reflects the core mission of Serra, to encourage priestly and consecrated religious vocations,
and assist our members and friends in knowledge and understanding of our faith.

 

The bi-monthly Serra GB focus contains information about our apostolate, vocations stories, articles relating to our liturgical calendar and news items from home and abroad.

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




 

Current events:

As we return to some kind of normality we hope to return to our normal programme of events in the near future. Our Serra clubs are reopening, returning to our normal meetings.
Consult each club for their 


Vigils for Vocations:


Around the time of the Holy Father's vocation messages on Good Shepherd Sunday, our Vigils take on national and international importance with vigils being held around the country. Vigils for Vocations have returned to 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 
Schools events:

Schools Events:

It is still not possible to join our school partners. We will return when schools deem it responsible to do so.

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




Serra Global Rosary for Vocations.

Our monthly global Rosary which started in 2017 continues at 2.00pm GMT. on the last Saturday of every month,  
Serrans from all over the world are invited to join the Rosary free of charge from your computer, tablet or smart phone. Join here:

Rosary for Vocations:

You can also download a Rosary for vocations for you or your Rosary group, with intentions, from our resources page under Holy Hours recitation of the Rosary for vocations. Read here:

59th World Day of Prayer for Vocations May 8th, 2022

Sunday 8th May 2022 is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, when the Church celebrates the World day of Prayer for Vocations. Pope Francis released his message for the 59th World Day of Prayer for Vocations on the theme 'Called to Build the Human Family,' and encourages each vocation in the Church to give the very best of themselves 'in this great divine plan!'

Based on the Synod for 2021- 2023, for a Synodal Church, the Holy Father asks us to be called to be protagonists together of the Church’s mission, called to be guardians of one another and of creation, called to welcome and respond to God’s gaze and be called to build a fraternal world.

The Holy Father concludes by imploring us: Let us pray, brothers and sisters, that the People of God, amid the dramatic events of history, may increasingly respond to this call. Let us implore the light of the Holy Spirit, so that all of us may find our proper place and give the very best of ourselves in this great divine plan!

Read the Holy father's message here

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