THE SERRA CLUBS OF DISTRICT 7
THE ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. PAUL & MINNEAPOLIS
THE DIOCESE OF ST. CLOUD
THE DIOCESE OF DULUTH MINNESOTA
MEMBERS OF USA COUNCIL OF SERRA INTERNATIONAL
The Serra Clubs of District 7 in Minnesota welcome you and invite you to learn more about joining in our mission and ministry.
Named after Saint Junipero Serra, who founded several missions along the California Coast in the 1700’s, Serra International has become a global organization of lay Catholic men and women whose objectives are:
◊ To foster and promote vocations to the ministerial priesthood in the Catholic Church as a particular vocation to service, and to support priests in their sacred ministry;
◊ To encourage and affirm vocations to consecrated religious life in the Catholic Church; and
◊ To assist its members to recognize and respond in their own lives to God’s call to holiness.
Our vision is to have all people respond to God’s call to their religious vocation.
Our mission is to foster, affirm and promote vocations to ministry in the Catholic Church
The 11 Serra Clubs of Minnesota were established as early as April 28, 1939 (Club #6) through April 27th, 2002 (Club # 1038). All Serra Clubs work closely with their Bishops and their diocesan office of vocations.
St. Paul and Minneapolis are blessed with not one, but two outstanding Seminaries and are served by over 40 women’s Religious Orders, 24 Men’s Religious Orders and 1 Consecrated Secular Institute. The Duluth, St. Cloud and Crookston Dioceses also have several men’s and women’s Religious Orders.
Serrans work to bring awareness to those who are being called by the Lord, of the many lifetime opportunities to serve Him in His Church through these Seminaries and Religious Orders. Close interaction with the seminarians and religious orders is one of the most rewarding benefits of being a Serran. We pray for them, we encourage them and we affirm them in their life choice.
Our Serra clubs meet at a variety of times in a variety of places according to the membership they represent. Most clubs meet twice a month, sharing a breakfast, lunch or dinner together and hearing an excellent speaker on a subject pertinent to our faith or to our vocation work. We would enjoy the opportunity to have you experience the Serra story.
MEETING PLACES FOR THE DISTRICT 7 CLUBS:
Serra Club of DULUTH, MN
Meets 1st & 3rd Mondays
Noon at Blackwoods London Rd., Duluth, MN
Serra Club of MINNEAPOLIS MN
Meets 2nd Wednesdays
Noon at St. Olaf’s Church, Minneapolis, MN
Serra Club of ST. CLOUD
Meets 2nd Thursday
Noon at Cathedral Parish Ctr., St. Cloud, MN
Serra Club of ST. PAUL MN
1st Friday, 7:30 AM at St. Joseph Hospital
3rd Monday, 11:00 AM, St Paul Seminary
Serra Club of NORTH – MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays
12:15pm at Jax Café
Serra Club of NORTHWEST HENNEPIN, MN
Meets 2nd & 4th Friday mornings
7:15 AM at Holy Name of Jesus Church
Serra Club of TWIN CITIES AIRPORT MN
Meets 1st & 3rd Friday
Noon at St. Bonaventure Church
Serra Club of WRIGHT COUNTY, MN
Meets 3rd Thursday at
King’s House Retreat Center Buffalo, MN
Sample Serra Club Vocations Activities
Each Club has its own unique programs to bring vocation awareness to their local area.
Some of them are:
◊ Steak Fries for the returning Major Seminarian students in the fall.
◊ Adopting a seminarian to pray for throughout his studying years.
◊ Bringing treats to the Seminaries during test times and holidays.
◊ Hosting Seminarians at our homes for dinners or sports outings.
◊ Bus day trips for 7th & 8th Graders of parochial schools and home schoolers to the Seminaries and Religious Orders for boys and to places where Women Religious Orders carry out their missions for girls.
Diocesan Vocation Activities
◊ Monthly receptions, for attendees of “Team Vianney” nights which are open to local youth and college students, held at our minor college seminary, St. John Vianney, on the first Thursday of the month.
◊ Attending Ordinations of Priests, Transitional Deacons and Permanent Deacons and Professions of Religious Orders.
◊ Connecting college age students to the Catholic Ministries on the campus of their chosen college. (Campus Connection for Catholic Program)
Parish Vocation Activities
◊ Parish vocation committees. Groups of parishioners who will pray for and promote vocation awareness activities in any way they can at the parish.
◊ Essay contests
◊ Ministry fairs
◊ Club Vocation Activities such as our “God Stuff” booth with cut outs of a priest and a sister where young folks can “Picture Yourself as a Priest or a Sister”. Photos are taken and e-mailed to the youngster for their book of memories.
We have three types of meetings:
◊ General Membership Meetings twice a month.
◊ Board of Trustees Meetings monthly.
◊ Annual Regional, National and International Conventions are variously scheduled and members are notified well in advance.
The path to membership is easy and comfortable, paced to give you time to consider its benefits. Once you have contacted us, we will invite to our next guest day and introduce you to our Serra club.
Pray! Invite! Encourage! Affirm! Vocations
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