What is Serra?
The Serra Club fosters and promotes vocations to the Catholic priesthood and to religious life. It also encourages its members to fulfill their own Christian vocations to service. It works toward these goals through prayer as well as a variety of awareness and support programs.
What is the history of Serra?
Serra was founded in Seattle in 1935 by four Catholic lay men: Dan Rooney, Leo Sharkey, Richard Ward, and Harold Haberle. Seattle is thus the original chapter. Since 1935, Serra has chartered 1,113 Serra Clubs in 46 countries. Headquarters of Serra International are now in Chicago. The total membership is more than 20,000. Seattle Serra has approximately 50 members.
When do Serrans meet?
Seattle Serra members usually meet once a month. Seattle Serra members also have the opportunity to attend national and regional meetings and a regional retreat. For a schedule of events in the Seattle area, see Events.
What do Serrans do?
To promote vocations, Serrans pray that God grant vocations and help men and women respond to the call. While not a fundraising organization, Serrans make gifts to the archbishop to assist in the education of seminarians, small gifts to priests, sisters, and seminarians as tokens of appreciation. While not a service organization, Serrans help out when they can. For example, several Serrans assisted with the archdiocesan Quo Vadis Days. Serrans also host events to honor seminarians, priests, and sisters, and to hear speakers on a variety of subjects of interest.
Who can join Seattle Serra?
Any lay man, lay woman, or permanent deacon who is an active Catholic, belongs to a parish, and has an interest in promoting vocations and supporting those in religious life. Most Seattle Serra members come from the greater Seattle area: north of Tacoma, south of Snohomish county, and west of Lake Washington. Members are encouraged to attend meetings and other functions of the organization.
How do I join?
Request an application from any Seattle Serra officer or member. Fill out the application and send it in.
Can I join if I belong to other Catholic organizations?
Of course. Most of our members belong to one or more other great Catholic organizations, such as the Knights of Columbus, Crozier Society, Saint Vincent de Paul, Order of Malta, and Knights of the Holy Sepulchre.
What does it cost to join and to be a member?
There's no initiation fee. Annual dues are $160. The spouse of a member can join for half-price: $80. A membership application should be accompanied by dues for at least one quarter.
Are there other Serra Clubs in the northwest?
There are fifteen Serra Clubs in the northwest, all part of District One. Serra Seattle members come from the Seattle area. Other Serra clubs in the northwest include:
- Bend, Oregon
- Cascade (Mill Creek)
- Columbia Valley (Vancouver, WA, area)
- Eastside (Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah)
- Hispanic Club (Renton)
- Portland, Oregon
- Saint Thomas More (Lynnwood)
- Salem, Oregon
- SnoKing (Edmonds)