Serra's 78th International Convention in Chicago

 This page last updated July 27, 2021.

 

TORONTO JUNE 2021 CONVENTION POSTPONED; 

SERRANS TO MEET IN CHICAGO, OCT. 7-10, 2021

REGISTER FOR THE CHICAGO 2021 CONVENTION HERE.

As the world works to manage and control the pandemic affecting international travel, and in the interest of health safety of our Serrans all over the globe, the Serra International Board made the decision to postpone the Toronto June 2021 convention until next year.

However, as we expect most parts of the Serra world to be in a better position in terms of Covid-19 vaccinations and a decline in infection rates this Fall, we have scheduled a streamlined Serra International Convention experience in Chicago on October 7-10, 2021! The convention officially kicks off with the opening Mass at 5 pm on Thursday, Oct. 7, and concludes with the Travelers Mass at 8 am on Sunday, Oct. 10.

Click here to see the convention agenda as of August 31, 2021.

Note: This schedule may be subject to change.

 

Download the 2021 Delegate Credential Form here.

 


 

About Our Speakers

Fr Nathan CromlyFather Nathan Cromly is an informative and engaging speaker, writer, retreat leader, explorer, innovator, educator, and fire-starter for the Lord. Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, he has joyfully served as a Catholic priest of the Brothers of Saint John for 13 years, and currently ministers in Denver, Colorado. Father Nathan’s spiritual direction, teaching, and dynamic witness has touched the lives of tens of thousands of children, teenagers, married couples, business professionals, and families.

Father Nathan’s ministry has flourished by God’s grace. He began Eagle Eye Ministries in 2003; it is now home to six forms of outreach to teens and young adults. In 2015, he opened the Saint John Institute (SJI) —a unique program in which young adults earn an accredited Masters degree while receiving spiritual formation from the Brothers of Saint John.  In the Spring of 2018, SJI celebrated its first graduating class, sending its graduates to work for the Lord in the for-profit world.  Inspiring and equipping great talent for the Lord’s harvest, Eagle Eye Ministries and the Saint John Institute serve to raise up the spirit of the new evangelization in young people and send missionary entrepreneurs into the Church. Besides leading international backpacking trips and making documentaries, in his free time, Father has edited Totus Tuus, a preparation for Total Consecration to Mary, and launched a weekly podcast titled Dare Great Things for Christ. Read more

 

Fr Brian WelterFather Brian Welter moved to Omaha on July 1, 2020, to become the Executive Director of the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF), which is based in Omaha.  The mission of IPF is to help seminarians, priests, and bishops in their ongoing spiritual growth so they may better lead others to Christ.  Fr. Welter is a priest from the Archdiocese of Chicago and has been affiliated with IPF as an adjunct faculty member since 2010.

Fr. Welter started life in Chicago.  He was baptized at St. Margaret Mary parish in Chicago, across the street from where his family lived.  He and his younger brother went to public schools where he played soccer, and ran track and cross country in high school.  He went to Bradley University and studied Manufacturing Technology.  After graduation he entered the construction field and worked for 6 years framing houses as a carpenter.  During this time Fr. Welter experienced a renewal in his Catholic faith.  He became more involved in his parish, joined a young adult group and began to lector on Sundays.  He felt a call to be a priest during these years.  Read more


  

RESERVE YOUR ROOM AT THE PALMER HOUSE HILTON

Serra International has reserved a block of rooms at the historic and beautiful Palmer House Hilton hotel, at the unbelievable rate of $149 per night. Founded in 1871, the Palmer House is the longest-operating hotel in North America and a designated Chicago landmark.

The Palmer House is close to multiple Chicago world-class attractions, including the Art Institute, the Field Museum, and the Shedd Aquarium. It's also surrounded by some of the best and most fun shopping Chicago has to offer. Early October is one of the finest times to visit Chicago, with highs in the mid to high 60s F. Check out the average weather for that time here.

 

Click below to check out some what to do, see and eat recommendations from Serra staff and other people in the know:

Executive Director John Liston's Top Chicago Picks (scroll down)

Communications Director Anne McCormack's Top Chicago Picks

Convention Committee Member Bob Goldsmith's Top Chicago Picks

 

BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE. 

REGISTER FOR THE CHICAGO 2021 CONVENTION HERE.

 

SAVE THE DATE, STAY SAFE AND STAY TUNED

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