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Questions? Here are some answers.

Is it Serra or Sierra?

It's Serra, not Sierra! Sierra is an organization devoted to environmental issues, we are a Catholic lay vocation organization.
When Serra was formed in 1934, the organizers chose Father, now Saint Junipero Serra as their patron. Father Serra was a Franciscan missionary from Majorca, Spain, who came to the new world. He brought salvation to many of the Native Americans he encountered in Mexico, promoted their education and taught them how to support themselves in farming. Later, he traveled to California, where he established 9 Missions between San Diego and San Francisco. He accomplished all of this while suffering great physical hardship. His acts of charity and compassion for others, as well as his determination to spread the Gospel, inspire Serrans in their work to promote vocations.

What is the mission of Serra?

What is the mission of Serra?
Serra is a holy ministry of the Catholic Church and the Vatican-recognized lay vocation arm of the Catholic Church. Specifically, Serra has a threefold mission: to encourage, support and affirm vocations to the priesthood and permanent diaconate; to encourage, support and affirm vocations to the religious life; and to help its members become ever more faithful disciples of Christ.

What are the requirements for joining Serra?

What are the requirement for joining Serra?
Interested individuals should be Catholic in good standing with their parish, have a commitment to pray for vocations and have a sponsor who is a current member of Serra KCK. To make application, prospective members are asked to complete a USA Council of Serra International New Member Form. The Form requires signatures from the applicant, the sponsor and the Parish Pastor. The application fee is $25.00.

How often does Serra KCK meet?

How often does Serra KCK meet?
Serra KCK meets over lunch at noon on the second and fourth Wednesdays at the Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Ave in Kansas City, KS. The meetings begin and end with prayer and include a short business meeting and a "spiritual dessert" given by the Club chaplain. A religious or lay speaker is invited to discuss issues important to member's faith formation and member's work in encouraging, supporting and affirming vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

How much time should I expect to commit to Serra activities?

How much time should I expect to commit to Serra KCK activities?
At a minimum we ask members to attend the bi-monthly membership meetings which usually last 1.5 to 2 hours. Serra KCK has numerous activities that members can choose to participate in which are addressed below. Most activities are unique to a specific time of year so the time commitment is cyclical. Members report that by becoming involved in activities they have realized the joy of supporting the Serra Mission and enjoyed the companionship of a very dynamic group of gentlemen.

How can I promote and support vocations to the priesthood and religious life?

How can I promote and support vocations to the priesthood and religious life?
Members promote and support vocations by praying vocations prayers daily and before the Blessed Sacrament daily or weekly. By supporting the financial requests to contribute to the Seminary Fund and activity participating in Serra KCK members support vocations. Make a concerted effort to support the Parish Pastor and his assistant, recognizing the efforts of the Religious life by praying for our Religious, contributing to their requests for support and being a good friend to all our priests, seminarians and religious.

What are some of the activities of Serra KCK?

What are some of the activities of Serra KCK?
Here is the current listing of Serra KCK activities. Your sponsor can assist you in becoming involved with one or more of these events.
  • Golf and steak dinners for Priests, Deacons and Seminarians
  • Quarterly Vocation Mass. We get together as a group at a designated Church for Sunday Mass. Spouses are invited to attend.
  • 31 Club members offer up a weekday mass for vocations saying the “Prayer for Vocations”.
  • "Adopt a Seminarian Program". Members choose a seminarian and contact him regularly letting him know the Serran is praying for his vocation. Birthdays, Christmas, and other special times.
  • Memorial Mass and Dinner Remembering our deceased Serrans. Spouses are invited to attend.
  • Valentines Day Mass and Dinner for Serrans and Spouses
  • An annual Lenten retreat for Serrans, their spouses and guests.
  • Financial support for the Seminarians
  • Annual visit to seminarians on Serra sponsored trips
  • Participation in December Mass and luncheon for seminarians and their parents.
  • Attendance at ordinations to the transitional and permanent deaconate and priesthood
  • Supporting the Archdiocesan 5th grade vocation day.
  • Sponsorship of 6th grade essay contest on vocations
  • Sponsorship of the "Runnin Revs vs. Serra all stars at Bishop Miege
  • College Connection for Catholics Program

What is Serra's relationship to the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas?

What is Serra's relationship to the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas?
The relationship of Serra KCK with the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas is typical of all Serra Clubs in the USA. Serra KCK was formed in 1970 at the request of the then-Archbishop, Archbishop Strecker, and continues to function in close relationship with the current Archbishop (Archbishop Naumann) and the Archdiocesan Vocation Office. The Clubs in this Archdiocese meet at least once a year with the Archbishop. Funding of Serra KCK activities and of the broader organizational structure of Serra (Clubs organized by Districts and Regions under the umbrella of the USA Council and Serra International) is independent of the Archdiocese.

Are women accepted as members?

Are women accepted as members?
Yes, women can become members of Serra. The organization was men only at the start, but in recent years most clubs have both sexes. Our club, however, remains, for now, one of the few with men only. Our club evolved from a group of Catholic men who were members of the Catholic Lay Association who served the Archbishop at his request. We have continued to honor our tradition and history of men only, and now have over 140 members, one of the largest clubs in the entire Serra organization.

For more information or specific questions

Contact David Boone VP, Membership Serra KCK
Phone: 913 492 2878
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