What We Do

Members of Serra are lay Catholic men and women of all ages and backgrounds who ensure the future of our Church by creating a “culture of vocations.” 

What is a “culture of vocations?”

A culture of vocations is an attitude and social environment which uplifts and promotes vocations to the Catholic priesthood and religious life. 

A culture of vocations aims to enforce the idea that while the priesthood and religious life are holy and mysterious callings from God, they are as valuable, vibrant and celebrated lifestyle choices as any other career or profession.

How do Serra clubs support and encourage this culture?

Serran vocation activities broadly fall into the following categories:

Awareness: Serrans coordinate events and programs that raise community awareness of the gifts of religious life.

Affirmation: In ways big and small, Serrans affirm the lives and works of those who have already answered the call to religious life.

Invitation: Serrans are not afraid to ask: “Have you ever considered a calling to the religious life?”

Prayer: St. Pope John Paul II said, “Prayer moves the heart of God.” The foundation of all Serran efforts is prayer for vocations.


Serrans accept as their responsibility the promotion of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. They possess a deep appreciation of the ministerial priesthood as being essential to the Church. Serrans have been generous in offering their support to those who hear the call to serve Christ in the priesthood. — Saint John Paul II


  • Serra was honored to send Auditors to the Synod of Bishops that produced the seminal work on vocation to the ordained Priesthood: Pastores Dabo Vobis.
  • The Congregation for the Clergy arranged for Serra to have a special monstrance blessed by Pope Benedict XVI for use in adoration for vocations during Serra’s international convention each year.
  • Serrans made a pilgrimage to Rome to celebrate the Great Jubilee Year 2000 with St. John Paul II.
  • On 25 October 2004, Serra received the approval of the Holy See for use the invocation "Mary, mother of vocations, pray for us!" in promoting vocations.
  • Beginning in 2001, Serra strengthened its relationship with the Holy See by holding an annual meeting in October of each year by between the Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for Clergy and his staff and the leaders of Serra International.
  •  Serrans played an active role in the calling on of the Fourth Congress on Vocations to the Ordained Priesthood and Consecrated Life in Asia, which coincided with Serra’s 63rd international convention in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • The invitation arranged by the Congregation for Serrans from four continents to receive special monstrances blessed by Pope John Paul II on 24 November 2004 specifically for use in adoration for vocations during the Year of the Eucharist. 
  • Welcoming the Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, His Eminence Zenon Cardinal Grocholewski, as the Keynote Speaker at Serra’s 63rd international convention in Bangkok on 24 June 2005.