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ABOUT SERRA CLUB OF PHILADELPHIA

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June Meeting

Tuesday, July 16, 2024  |  12:30 PM

Rev. Stephen P. DeLacy
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Vicar, Faith Formation with Youth and Young Adults

Father DeLacy shares that he was born in Delaware County and attended St. George grade school and was involved with the CYO and then Msgr. Bonner High School, where he played soccer and basketball. He attended West Chester University for a degree in accounting and was associated with the Neumann Center, coached CYO Volleyball (where he won two championships but should have won three), and became the Youth Minister. After graduation, he worked for a year and taught CCD. Despite his great efforts to fight and resist God’s plan, he responded to God’s call to enter the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He was ordained a priest in 2004 and was assigned to SS. Peter and Paul Parish while also leading retreats for the Malvern Retreat House and for Rachel’s Vineyard. He then served as the School Minister at Archbishop Carroll High School and Pope John Paul II High School. He was then appointed the Vocation Director for the Diocesan Priesthood for eight years. In 2021, Archbishop Perez made him his Vicar for Faith Formation with Youth and Young Adults.
Father DeLacy notes a few fun facts about himself — he has gained outstanding proficiency in conducting ice breakers and playing Beer Pong (with water). Father does not enjoy musical talent.

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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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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.