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! 

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

Fr. Mark Toups

Pastor of Our Lady of the Isle in Grand Isle

Convention Schedule

Wednesday, August 7

12:00-4:30pm
Serra International Foundation Board Mtg. *Lunch will be provided.

Afternoon

4:30-5:30pm
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
Optional Side Trip to WWII Museum, transportation provided

5:00-6:00pm
Opening Mass at the Hotel, celebrated by Bishop Italo Dell’Oro, Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

6:00-6:15pm
Procession of Eucharist to Adoration Room after Mass

6:15pm
Midnight Beginning of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

6:00-7:30pm
“Heavy” Reception at Hotel

7:30-9:00pm
Dinner on your own

9:00-11:00pm
Hospitality

Friday, August 9

6am-Midnight
Perpetual Adoration continues

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

7:30-8:15am
Serra Leadership Program

8:00am-Noon
Convention Registration

9:00am-Noon
Confessions

8:15-8:45am
Rosary

8:45-9:00am
Welcome by Kurt Metyko, President S.I.

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

9:30-10:15am
Keynote Address by Reverend Mark Toups, Director of
Seminarians for Houma/Thibodeaux Diocese, La.

10:15-10:45am
Coffee Break

11:00-11:45am
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 (concurrent)

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

2:15-3:00pm
Town Hall Meeting

3:00-3:45pm
Bishop Thomas Daly, Episcopal Bishop for Serra U.S.

3:45—5:15pm
Travel to St. Louis Cathedral, walk (5 blocks), small busses, uber, trolley

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

5:30-6:30pm
Memorial Mass at the St. Louis Cathedral celebrated by
Most Reverend Gregory Aymond, Archbishop of N.O.

6:30-9:00pm
Dinner on your own (Riverboat Dinner Cruise, Tujague’s Restaurant, Napoleon House Restaurant and others), all within walking distance from Cathedral

9:00-11:00 pm
Hospitality

Saturday, August 10

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

8:30-9:00am
Rosary

9:00-9:45am
His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins, retired Archbishop of Toronto

9:45-10:30am
Very 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 (Serra Meets)

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 after Mass Celebrated by His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins retired Archbishop of Toronto

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