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 Blessed 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. As of October 2006 there were 1,088 Serra clubs in 44 countries with a membership in excess of 20,000. The basic unit of Serra International is the local club. Clubs are formed into districts which are organized into national councils where appropriate. At May 31, 2007, total membership in the U.S. Council was 12,160 in 315 clubs. The Serra Club of Metropolitan Dallas, with over 50 members, is one of five clubs in District 46-E.