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Saint Junipero Serra.

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ABOUT SERRA CLUB OF PHILADELPHIA

Welcome Letter from Our President

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April Meeting

Tuesday, April 16, 2024  |  12:30 PM

Deacon Michael Pascarella, Jr.
Associate to the Vicar for Clergy for Permanent Deacons
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
The Next Vocations Crisis is Here — The Permanent Diaconate

Deacon Michael Pascarella, Jr. grew up in Philadelphia. He earned a degree in criminal justice from Temple University, a MS degree in criminal justice from West Chester University, and a MA degree in Theology/Advanced Diaconal Studies from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. He was ordained a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on June 2, 2012.

In 2014, he was appointed to the position of Associate to the Vicar for Clergy for Permanent Deacons. In this capacity, Deacon Pascarella is responsible for managing the admissions program for the School of Diaconal Studies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, as well as serving as the administrator regarding all post-ordination personnel matters, including the ongoing formation and spiritual care of approximately 300 deacons in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Lack of Vocations Points to Crisis of Faith in Western World

Archbishop Wenski’s keynote talk at
Serra USA Rally in Miami

ARTICLE EXCERPT:

There is much talk regarding the crisis of vocations to the priesthood. And here in the United States, we are rightly concerned given that our priests are aging, and ordinations continue to be admittedly too few…

Despite conventional wisdom to the contrary, the priest shortage is not the result of celibacy but of a crisis of faith and the closing of the window of man’s mind to infinity or transcendence. The desire to become a priest is nourished essentially from intimacy with the Lord, in a really personal relationship, which is expressed above all by the desire to be with him…

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Watch Our August 2023 Meeting

Watch the Zoom recording from our August meeting.  We heard from two sisters from Sisters of Life.  The Sisters of Life are women who are in love with Love and captivated by the truth of the beauty of every human person, created in God’s image and likeness.  They believe every person is valuable and sacred. Nestled in North Philly, close to Temple University, the Sisters serve women who are pregnant and vulnerable.

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OUR PATRON SAINT

St. Junipero Serra

A Franciscan missionary, Saint Junipero Serra is well known as the 18th century founder of a string of California missions. Junipero’s missionary life was a long battle with cold and hunger, with unsympathetic military commanders, and even with danger of death from non-Christian native peoples. Through it all his unquenchable zeal was fed by prayer each night, often from midnight till dawn. He baptized over 6,000 people and confirmed 5,000. He is buried at Mission San Carlo Borromeo, Carmel, and was beatified in 1988. Pope Francis canonized him in Washington, D.C., on September 23, 2015.

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Club Leadership

PRESIDENT

Jorge Ignacio Fernández

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VP – FINANCE / TREASURER

Royal Brown

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VP – VOCATIONS

Dawn Chism Simms, Esq.

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CHAPLAIN

Msgr. Richard T. Bolger

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VP – PROGRAMS

Michael Osowiecki

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VP – MEMBERSHIP

Louis Ferrero

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VP – COMMUNICATIONS

Patricia Canning

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TRUSTEE

Matthew H. McCloskey IV

Our Mission:
Foster and promote vocations to the Catholic priesthood and consecrated religious life while assisting our members in recognizing and responding to God’s call in our own lives.