Serra International Convention • New Orleans • August 8-11, 2024

Explore the deep Catholic history of the liveliest city in America!

​​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, with its awe-inspiring churches, historical landmarks, and deep spiritual roots. Explore the beautiful St. Louis Cathedral, stroll the renowned French Quarter, and savor delicious Cajun cuisine while connecting with Serrans from around the world.

New Orleans boasts an array of exciting attractions that make it an ideal convention destination. Enjoy the city’s lively music scene, from jazz clubs to street performers, filling the air with soulful melodies. Take a leisurely stroll along the iconic Mississippi River, delve into the city’s fascinating history, and visit the renowned WWII Museum. New Orleans offers an unforgettable blend of cultural experiences.

As always, our Serra Convention is a profound opportunity for spiritual growth and learning. Engage with well-known speakers who will inspire with their deep wisdom and insights. From practical workshops to inspiring keynote addresses, you’ll enhance your faith and be equipped with the tools to strengthen your efforts to foster and promote vocations! 

Convention Schedule

Wednesday, August 7

1:00– 5:00 pm
Serra International Foundation Board Mtg.     

3:00 – 5:00 pm
Serra Office Setup         

Afternoon

3:00-4:00pm
Past SI Presidents Meeting

6:00-7:00pm
Cocktail Hour at Hotel for Board members (Council, International and Foundation)

7:00-9:00pm
Dinner on your own/Past President’s Dinner

9:00-11:00pm
Hospitality

 

Thursday, August 8

8:30-11:30am
USA Council Board Meeting

9:00am-3:00pm
SI Board Meeting

9:00am – 4:00pm
Convention Registration

Lunch on your Own

9:00am-4:00pm
Side Trip to WWII Museum, transportation provided

4:30pm-5:30pm
Opening Mass at the Hotel

5:30-6:00pm
Procession of Eucharist to Adoration Room

6pm-Midnight
Beginning of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

6:00-7:30pm
Reception at Hotel, heavy hors d’oeuvres

8:00-11:00pm
Hospitality

Friday, August 9

6am-Midnight
Perpetual Adoration continues  

7:00-8:00am
Continental Breakfast for New Attendees       

7:30-8:45am
Serra Leadership Program  

8:00am-Noon
Convention Registration  

9:00am-Noon
Confessions        

9:00-9:20am
Welcoming address by Reverend Colm Cahill, Vocations
Director for Archbishop of New Orleans     

9:30-10:30am
Keynote Address by Reverend Mark Toups, Director of         
Seminarians for Houma/Thibodeaux Diocese, La.

10:30-11:00am
Coffee Break

11:00-12:00pm
Dr. Tom Neal, Director of Evangelization and Mission Engagement for Pensacola/Tallahassee Diocese,  Fl. 

Noon-1:30pm
Lunch at Hotel sponsored by Serra Foundation          

1:30-2.15pm
Vocations/Programs Committees Workshops/Foundation (concurrent)

1:30-2:15pm
Membership/Communications Committees Workshops (concurrent)

2:15-3:00pm
Speaker

3:00-3:45pm
Speaker 

3:45—5:00pm
Travel to St. Louis Cathedral, walk (5 blocks), small busses, uber, trolley

4:00-5:15pm
Tours of the Cathedral

5:30-6:30pm
Memorial Mass at the St. Louis Cathedral celebrated by
Very Reverend Gregory Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans

6:30-8:00pm
Dinner on your own or Riverboat Dinner Cruise

8:00-11:00pm
Hospitality

Saturday, August 10

6:00am-6:00pm
Perpetual Adoration continues

7:30-8:00am
Rosary

8:30-9:30am
His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto

9:45-10:30am
Reverend Joshua Rodrigue, Rector of the Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans

10:30-11:00am
Coffee Break

11-11:45am
State of Serra, Kurt Metyko, President of Serra International

Noon-1:30pm
Lunch on your own

1:30-2:30pm
Serra Around the World (Council Reports)

2:30-3:45pm
Delegates Meeting

3:45-4:45pm
Regional or District Meetings

5:15-5:30pm
Adoration Procession

5:30-6:30pm
Closing Mass at Hotel, incl Blessing of Officers

6:30-7:00pm
Cocktails

7:00-9:00pm
Annual Banquet

9:00-11:00pm
Hospitality

Sunday, August 11

8:30am
Prayer Service

9:00-11:00am
Serra International Board Meeting

Beautiful Churches

Cathedral of St. Louis & the Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor

The French Quarter

World-famous music, art, and beignets at Cafe du Monde

Incredible Cuisine

Cajun dishes, French fusion, and Southern comfort food

Attractions

The World War II Museum, Audubon Aquarium, and more!

Amazing Location

The convention is being held at the New Orleans Marriott on Canal Street, located between the French Quarter and the Warehouse District, close to popular attractions such as Jackson Square, the Audubon Aquarium, the WWII Museum, Harrah’s Casino, and much more.

Our Speakers

Cardinal Thomas Collins

Archbishop Emeritus of Toronto & Episcopal Adviser to Serra

Archbishop Aymond

Archbishop of New Orleans

Dr. Thomas Neal

Professor of Spiritual Theology at Notre Dame Seminary

 

Fr. Joshua Rodriguez

Rector of Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans

Fr. Colm Cahill

Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of New Orleans

Sr. Beth Fitzpatrick

Vicar for Religious for the
Archdiocese of New Orleans