The Serra Club of Houston invites you to learn more about joining our mission and ministry. Our club represents the local chapter for Serra International, a global organization of lay Catholic men and women whose goal is to bring young souls to the service of God in the religious life and to strengthen our members’ common Catholic faith.
Serra has been working for vocations since its founding in 1935. On May 3, 1951, Serra International was made part of the “Pontifical Work for Priestly Vocations within the Sacred Congregation for Seminaries and University Studies.” Serra International has over 19,000 members worldwide, operating through Serra Clubs similar to our own in 36 countries.
Our name honors Blessed Junipero Serra (1713-1784), the “Apostle of California” who established a chain of missions and baptized over six thousand indigenous Natives.
I am thrilled to be serving you as your Governor over the next two years. My mission is to have each Serra Club produce one new priest and one new religious before my term expires. That would mean eight new priests and eight new religious for our Diocese. I truly believe this is achievable if each club member takes ownership of this critical mission. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel to achieve our goal. Serra USA already has in place programs designed to do just that. All we have to do is implement.
Here is my vision on how we as a team can make this happen. I would like each Club to personally contact each Church within their jurisdiction. Then I would like to see each Church agree to implement JUST ONE of the following four programs in their parishes:
- Called by Name – Two weeks of sermons and prayers dedicated to vocations. The parishioners are asked to nominate candidates for vocations. The Pastor makes contact with the nominees and the congregation nurtures them through their discernment period.
- Altar Server Recognition – Incorporate a field trip to a seminary or sponsor a server recognition event at the parish, arrange a dinner with the priests, or even sponsor a fun day at church just for altar servers and their families.
- Traveling Chalice – A blessed Chalice in a special glass box is presented to a family at the end of one of the masses each week. The family takes the Chalice home and prays as a family for vocations each day. The box is then returned to the Church where another family is presented with it the following week.
- School Vocation Class – One hour instruction on vocations during CCE. Arrange for a priest or sister to talk and show a short Vocations movie. Dedicate one mass to vocations with kids dressing up as Saints, kids singing, etc.
Details on each of these programs can be found on the Serra USA website which is Please go to the website to learn more and print off vital information which you can take with you when you visit your parishes.
I have asked each Club president to track the results of this comprehensive endeavor which I will share with each of you. While this is an ambitious goal, I am confident if we move forward with one voice, one mission and one Body of Christ, we will have eight new priests and eight new religious before my term expires.
Governor, District 10