Who are we?

Serra

The basic unit of Serra International is the Serra Club which is the primary presence of Serra Internationally in the local community. Serra’s International, National and District structures assist a Club in functioning as efficiently as possible in the local community. Each Serra Club is governed by a Board of Trustees. Serra exists world-wide with some 20,000 members working through 1100 Clubs in 47 countries and all five continents

The objectives of Serra are:

  • 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;
  • To assist members to recognise and respond in their own lives to God’s call to holiness in Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit.

At the time of Serra’s formation in 1935, the two great needs for the Church were for dedicated priests and religious and for informed Catholic lay leaders who understood and lived their own Christian vocations to service. These needs have not changed. In 1953, the Holy See affirmed Serra's role as a worldwide lay organisation committed to vocation ministry. Serra International is aggregated to the Pontifical Work for Vocations to the Priesthood within the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy

St Junipero Serra

Serra is named after Father ("Fray") Junipero Serra, the noted Spanish Franciscan missionary, who played a leading part in early missionary work in Mexico and California between 1749 and 1784. We have a new saint! After decades of prayer by Serrans and other Catholics, our patron, Franciscan missionary Father Junípero Serra,was beatified in 1988  and canonized by Pope Francis at a special Mass in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, Sept 23rd, 2015. Serrans from across the U.S. and 10 other countries joined an estimated 24,000 faithful converging on the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the first canonization Mass celebrated in the United States. It was the largest public event during the Pope’s widely popular three-day visit to Washington.

What do Serra Clubs do?

Serra Clubs work with their Bishops, Dioceses and Religious Vocation Directors to encourage and support vocations to the Priesthood and to the Consecrated Life.

Serrans pray daily for an increase in vocations to the Priesthood and the Consecrated Life and for the perseverance of existing vocations. Activities include “31 Prayer Clubs” encouraging others to attend an extra Mass each month for vocations and to pray for vocations daily. Schools vocations events, Vigils for vocations, Adoration for vocations, Holy hours, arranging speakers on topics of importance for Catholics, vocations essay competition for youth, appreciation dinners for Priests and Religious and support for retired priests.
 

When do Serra Clubs meet?

Clubs meet at various times, normally twice monthly. See more details for each individual club name.

A typical Serra club meeting will last 2 hrs commencing with Mass followed by light refreshment, a speaker or discussion, and business.

Find out more about Serra Clubs here

Who can join Serra?

Membership is open to all practising Catholic laymen, laywomen and to Permanent Deacons. Serra is all about doing more to foster vocations. Please use the "Contacts" section of this web site for any membership enquiries.

Serra GB Foundation

The objectives and purposes of The Serra GB Foundation are:

To fund programs that foster and promote vocations to the ministerial priesthood of the Catholic Church in Great Britain as a particular vocation to service;

To fund programs of formation for men and women in consecrated religious life of the Catholic Church in Great Britain;

To enhance the recognition of Serra Great Britain and the clubs as the lay apostolate for vocations in the Catholic Church.

Registered Charity No. 1056572

Should you wish further information, contact:
foundation@serragb.org.uk

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