Serra GB National Conference,

4th-6th Oct 2019

Past with great memories. See our December issue of focus, beneath, 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  will again, by popular request take place at the Lancashire Manor Hotel, Wigan.
The dates 9th-11th October, 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:

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 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, February 2020 edition:  here

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  

Vigils for vocations:

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.



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:

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,  
will be available soon.

An extract from the Holy Father's 2019 message:  ............ "“The courage to take a risk for God’s promise” And yet, there can be no greater joy than to risk one's life for the Lord! I would like to say this especially to you, the young. Do not be deaf to the Lord's call. If he calls you to follow this path, do not pull your oars into the boat, but trust him. Do not yield to fear, which paralyzes us before the great heights to which the Lord points us. Always remember that to those who leave their nets and boats behind, and follow him, the Lord promises the joy of a new life that can fill our hearts and enliven our journey."

The Holy Father's theme for 2019 marking the 56th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is "The courage to take a risk for God's promise"  focusing on the fruitful experience of the Synod of last October devoted to young people. 
The purpose of this day is to publicly give thanks and 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.  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.
We must invite our young people to be involved in parish life and liturgical ministries as altar servers, readers, eucharistic ministers, etc in prayer and the hope that they will hear God's promise.
Consider asking parishes for opportunities, to hold vigils, to speak, pray, provide bulletin inserts, prayer cards, and conversation before and after Masses.
Our presence and participation in such activities that mark this special day is essential.
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