SERRA OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSES
- Foster, promote and affirm vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
- Encourage members in fellowship through education, to fulfill their Christian vocations to service.
Serra International was founded in Seattle by four Catholic laymen in 1935. As the organization’s patron, they selected Saint Junipero Serra, who played a leading role in the early development of the Catholic faith in Mexico and California. Membership consists of Catholic men and women, who are actively involved in their faith and are willing and able to participate in club meetings and activities.
The purpose of Serra is to: (1) foster, promote and affirm vocations to the priesthood and religious life; and (2) encourage members in fellowship through education to fulfill their Christian vocations to service.
Serra International has been aggregated to the Vatican’s Sacred Council for Catholic Education and the Pontifical Work for Catholic Education and was designated by Pope John II as the “Vocation Arm of the Church.”
The organization is headquartered in Chicago. Since its founding over 1100 Serra clubs in 46 countries with a membership of over 20,000 have been chartered. The basic unit of Serra International is the local club. Clubs are formed into districts which are organized into national councils where appropriate. The Serra Club of Metropolitan Dallas, founded in 1969 has a membership of over 50 members and is one of five clubs in District 46-E.