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Our Work Doesn’t Stop at Supporting Vocations.

by Greg Schwietz, President, Serra's Council for the United States Recent statistics cite a remarkable decrease in attendance at Mass of younger generation Catholics. Matt Zerrusen, president of Newman Connection, estimates that over 80% of young Catholics going to college stop actively practicing their faith by the time they graduate. At a recent conference, popular [...]

New Member Orientation: Anytime, Anyplace!

Serra club new member orientation is now easier than ever! Serra USA’s New Member Orientation module is available online at the link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9FB_v9bsfJeMnZCQXFEaGRmc2R3ck5FZnpWTlN6bmhkWmM0/view?usp=sharing This 35-minute recorded webinar is designed to be viewed by members new to Serra within the last three years, and is accompanied by a printable support document: https://serraus.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/SNMO.pdf Because the session is [...]

USA Council Executive Committee Transitional Meeting Minutes, May 4-6, 2018

President-elect Judy Cozzens (center), her 2018-2019 Executive Committee and guests gather for a meal during a break at the USA Council's Transitional Meeting, May 4-6, 2018. The Executive Committee of Serra's Council for the United States held a Transitional Meeting on May 4-6, 2018, in Minneapolis, MN. The Transitional Meeting is a time [...]

New at www.serraus.org: Fully Updated Meeting Programs Manual

Let’s say you want to cook an ethnic food that is new to you. Or you want to try to improve your favorite dish. What do you do before you start cooking? You investigate recipes, you read up on spices or cooking methods. In other words, you prepare, you arm yourself with knowledge, you increase [...]

Newman/Serra Partnership Helps Young Catholics Keep the Faith

by Anne Shepherd-Knapp and Alice Wold, Serra's USA Council Vocation Committee Serra's USA Council and the Newman Connection, a Catholic outreach organization, have partnered over the last several years to connect graduating high school seniors with Catholic ministries at their college destinations. It is estimated that 80% of Catholics who attend college no longer practice their [...]

It’s Leadership, Stupid.

by Serra's USA Council President Greg Schwietz from the March 2018 Issue of the Serran Magazine   Serra is facing the effects of a long-term leadership crisis.  Some would say we have a membership problem. Many clubs report that their membership is aging and that it is hard to recruit new members. Some are suffering [...]

Doing Big Things and Being Relevant

Is Your Club Relevant? by Serra's USA Council President Greg Schwietz In many of the dioceses where Serra clubs currently exist, this question of relevance arises. Either this is the result of an internal review of Serra club activities, or it comes in the form of an unwelcomed comment from an outside observer. The question [...]

The Pope’s Challenge to Serra: Meet the vocation needs of the present and future Church

Serra USA Council President Greg Schwietz meets the Holy Father Pope Francis at Vatican City on June 23, 2017. It was a powerful moment: sitting in the Vatican’s Paul VI Audience Hall, waiting for the Holy Father to address 650 lucky Serrans and their families this past June 23, an exciting prelude to [...]

Christ’ed Friendships: The “secret sauce” that holds Serra together

In most dioceses that have Serra clubs, Serrans are rightly and properly identified with the many vocations activities that they do for the Church with regular frequency. It’s a given that most Serrans are known as “doers.” One will find that typically Serrans are active on many fronts, mostly focused on vocations, while also supporting [...]

Serra Is Not for Everyone, but Its Mission Is

by USA Council President Greg Schwietz A few months ago, we welcomed a new club into the Serra family: The Serra Club of North Idaho. This new club, with full starting support from our Spokane, Washington club (Club #2, celebrating 80 years this year), and District Governor Aileen Fields, is the first club in the [...]