What Is “Serra Meets”?

Serra Meets is a monthly series of virtual lectures from leading clergy and experts on the topic of Catholic vocations, designed to inspire you and keep you connected to our mission as much of our ministry moves online.

Patterned after regular Serra meetings, Serra Meets events open and close with prayer, speaker introductions, feature a notable keynote speaker(s), followed with a Serra business topic. This is a wonderful opportunity of Serra clubs across the United States to come together during this time of COVID. We encourage Serra clubs to use these videos for virtual or in-person meeting programming, followed by discussion.
Serra Meets is organized and hosted by the US Council of Serra International.

As always, His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto and Episcopal Adviser for Serra International, graces Serrans with his special uplifting guidance and wisdom. Watch this special Serra Meets from March 12, 2022, and find out why Cardinal Collins is so beloved by Serrans.

Father Thomas Ascheman, SVD, President of Divine Word Seminary College, joined Serra Meets on Feb. 12, 2022 to speak on the topic “Cultivating Unusual Friendships – Being a Missionary (and Serran) Today.”

Bill Donohue, President and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, shares his thoughts on the clergy sexual abuse crisis and other Catholic Church issues with Serrans.

Serra USA Council Episcopal Adviser Bishop Thomas A. Daly of Spokane shares an Advent reflection with Serrans.

John Zimmer of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students discusses the principles FOCUS uses to create missionary disciples of young people.

Most Rev. Ronald Hicks of the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois, joined Serrans at the 78th International Convention in Chicago for Serra Meets in October 2021.

How does a diocesan vocation director take a discerning young man from that initial stage of exploration all the way to the seminary and ordination? National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors Vice President Fr. Edwin Leonard of Coppell, Texas, shows us how!

On August 14, 2021, His Excellency, Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, spent about 40 precious minutes with us for the eighth in the Serra Meets online lecture series. He discussed formation of seminarians, what it takes to be a good and faithful, heroic priest, and what we need to do to help. Bishop Caggiano gave us homework… watch to find out what your assignment is!

On July 10, 2021, we were treated to a wonderful presentation entitled “The Sacredness of Vocation Ministry” by Mrs. Rosemary Sullivan, Executive Director for the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors (NCDVD). Watch this video to uncover some profound and practical insights from one of our most powerful fellow lay collaborators for vocations.

On June 12, 2021, Dr. Chainarong Monthienvichienchai, Past Serra International President and member of the Serra Club of Bangkok, Thailand, spoke to Serrans about the challenge of helping young people respond to God’s call.

On May 8, 2021, Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C. spoke to Serrans about promoting religious vocations specifically for men. Fr. Donio is Executive Director of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men of the United States. 

On April 10, 2021, Archbishop Bernard Hebda of Saint Paul and Minneapolis shared with us a fantastic presentation on Visio Divina (Latin for “divine seeing”), a method of prayer guided by meditation on an image. In this presentation, His Excellency focuses on Caravaggio’s “The Calling of St. Matthew.”

Fr. Luke Ballman, STL, Executive Director of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations (CCLV), and Fr. Daniel Hanley, STL, Associate Director for the CCLV, discussed the state of vocations in the United States at Serra Meets on Saturday, March 13, 2021.

Serra Meets with Bishop Thomas A. Daly of Spokane, WA on Feb. 13, 2021.

Serra Meets with Thomas Cardinal Collins of Toronto, Ontario on Jan. 16, 2021.

Serra Meets with Bishop Thomas Daly of Spokane, Washington on Dec. 12, 2020.