Serrans of Philadelphia
All Serra Clubs throughout the world cite their origin with four Catholics from Seattle, Washington, who saw a need in 1935 for the Catholic laity to foster religious vocations.
The organization became an official apostolate of the Catholic Church 16 years later, and its mission remains unchanged: “to foster and affirm vocations to the ordained priesthood and vowed religious life, and through this ministry, grow in our Catholic faith.”
The Serra Club of Philadelphia is the local apostolate of Serra Club International and Serra USA in supporting and promoting vocations through prayer, events, and vocations programs.
“The entire People of God is responsible for promoting vocations, and does so chiefly by persistent and humble prayer for vocations.”
St. Pope John Paul II
Ecclesia in America, No. 40
Every third Thursday at 12:30 p.m. with a general business meeting followed by an invited guest speaker. A private Board of Directors meeting follows the open meeting.
SEVEN SERRANS PROGRAM
This program is a way to pray weekly for Vocations Directors. Participants choose one day of the week to pray, so someone is praying for the directors each day of the week.
Priesthood Sunday is a special day set aside to honor priesthood in the United States. It is a day to reflect upon and affirm the role of the priesthood in the life of the Church as a central one.
NEWLY ORDAINED MASS / LUNCHEON
This event takes place annually after the Ordination of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. We celebrate and honor our newly ordained priests.
We Spread the Word
We connect with parishes, schools, and the public in communicating the need for men and women to consider religious life, in featuring the events and activities dedicated to supporting that effort, in sharing print and electronic resources available for increased knowledge on one or more aspects to this life and Catholic life in general, and links to national and international Serran resources.