Passion

For Vocations

Join Serrans in their work to ensure the future of our Church by promoting vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life!

Who We Are

SERRA INTERNATIONAL

Serra is the global lay apostolate for vocations within the Catholic Church. We are committed to working for an increase in vocations to priesthood and consecrated religious life.

Serra International Convention

New Orleans – AUGUST 8-11, 2024

Join us for Serra’s 81st International Convention in vibrant New Orleans, the perfect destination for an unforgettable convention! Immerse yourself in the rich Catholic heritage of the city, explore the beautiful St. Louis Cathedral, stroll the renowned French Quarter, and savor delicious Cajun cuisine while connecting with Serrans from around the world!

Serra News

Announcing the Foundation’s First Endowment

Doris and Jim Madigan are greeted by Pope Paul VI.   Madigan family funds endowment in memory of their parents Cindy Madigan Bell and David Madigan created the first endowment in memory of their parents last summer when the board launched an endowment initiative....

2022 Banner Clubs

We are grateful to the generosity of the Serra Clubs that worked hard throughout the year to raise funds for the Serra Foundation. In particular, we honor the generosity of the top donor club, the Serra Club of Arlington-Metro, which received the Siempre Adelante...

Serra Foundation: Achieving Four Goals in 2023

The Serra International Foundation continues to grow in 2023, thanks to Serrans and other supporters who believe in the mission of vocational affirmation, the Serra boards and staff. This year, the Foundation advanced the 2021-2026 strategic plan in four areas (at...

Outpouring of Generosity: A Letter from Serra Foundation President Judy Schumaker

Serra International Foundation doners funded Serra's work at home and abroad in 2022 My Dear Serrans, I am pleased to share this issue of The Serran magazine containing an annual report of the Foundation, its beneficiaries, and those whose financial support in 2022...

The Freedom to Say ‘Yes’: Discernment 180 Retreat led David Nelle to apply to seminary

It took David Nelle 180 days to realize God wasn't going to choose seminary for him. In 2020, after graduating from Texas A&M, David got a job in Panama City, Florida and during this time decided to try Discernment 180, a discernment program used by Fr. Greg...

The Power of Christian Friendship

Spotlight on John Short, Serra Club of Melbourne "When I commit myself to something, I really pour myself into it," said John Short. This sentiment certainly rings true when it comes to his involvement with Serra. Ever since joining the Serra Club of Melbourne in...

Global Inspiration: How Serrans Worldwide are Promoting Vocations in 2023

Brazil Serrans in Brazil have developed the idea of the “Moment of Practice.” At each club meeting, new ideas are proposed and selected to be translated into action, then monitored and reported at subsequent meetings. For example: visiting schools and lecturing...

Come and See: We are All Called to Vocation

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila at the 80th Serra International Convention, Chiang Mai, Thailand, June 23, 2023 Our convention is a good time to reflect on the reality of vocation in the life of every disciple and the whole Church. The theme chosen for this...

Serra International Foundation Launches Endowment Giving Program

The Serra International Foundation has the potential to impact vocations nationally and internationally plus ensure the sustainability of Serra International, thanks to the launch of an endowment program. The Serra International Foundation board approved policy...

The Communion of Vocations

Cardinal Marc Armand Ouellet at the 80th Serra International Convention, Chiang Mai, Thailand, June 23, 2023 My heartfelt thanks to Serra International for inviting me to celebrate its 70th founding anniversary here in Thailand, a country that is so fascinating to us...

2022 Banner Clubs

We are grateful to the generosity of the Serra Clubs that worked hard throughout the year to raise funds for the Serra Foundation. In particular, we honor the generosity of the top donor club, the Serra Club of Arlington-Metro, which received the Siempre Adelante...

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Serra Foundation: Achieving Four Goals in 2023

The Serra International Foundation continues to grow in 2023, thanks to Serrans and other supporters who believe in the mission of vocational affirmation, the Serra boards and staff. This year, the Foundation advanced the 2021-2026 strategic plan in four areas (at...

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Our Threefold Mission

To promote and affirm vocations
while growing in holiness

Promote and Support Priestly Vocations

Serrans ardently promote vocations to the ministerial priesthood. We recognize the Catholic priesthood as a sacred calling that is essential for our faith, and we stand alongside our priests, offering unwavering support in their ministry.

Encourage and Promote Vocations to the Religious Life

Serra is dedicated to encouraging and promoting vocations to the consecrated life within the Catholic Church. We recognize the profound beauty and transformative witness of Religious Sisters and Brothers, and we strive to inspire and nurture those who hear this divine calling.

Answer the Call to Holiness

Serrans embark on a personal journey of responding to God’s call to holiness in Jesus Christ, guided by the Holy Spirit. We support one another in this sacred pursuit, fostering an environment where each member can thrive as they grow closer to the Father.

Join Our Mission

By joining Serra, you become part of a vibrant community of passionate individuals who are actively shaping the future of our Church. Together, we empower one another, embarking on a remarkable journey of faith, service, and transformation. Most importantly, we make a difference! Through a myriad of programs and activities, we touch the lives of young Catholics and “plant seeds” of priestly and religious vocations.

The Serran Magazine

For more than 50 years, The Serran has provided in-depth news, event coverage, and inspiration for promoting vocations

The Serra Foundation

With your help, The Serra International Foundation supports seminaries and vocation programs throughout the world. Will you contribute toward the next generation of priests, brothers, and sisters? Your generosity makes a world of difference.

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