Engage, Inspire, Ignite!
Serra’s USA Council’s popular annual Serra Rally event is returning to beautiful Ventura, California, in 2020! Back in a land infused by the spiritual presence of our patron, Saint Junípero Serra, join us as we explore our theme, “Creating a Culture of Vocations.”
The purpose of the annual Serra Rally is to keep Serrans powerfully connected to and enthusiastic about their vocations mission. The way the Rally does this is three-fold. At the Rally, you will:
- Engage with other Serrans from around the country to strengthen your organizational network for sharing ideas, solving problems, and building morale
- Be inspired by top-notch lay and religious speakers who work on the front lines calling laborers to the Harvest
- Ignite and renew your dedication to our vocations apostolate via opportunities for profound spiritual development and conversion
Attending the Serra USA Rally in Phoenix was an energizing experience. Meeting and sharing ideas with like-minded Serrans from around the country was fun and exciting. Having a number of our members attend has been very positive for our club which is now growing.
Our Exciting Speakers
Bring Your Serra Club Chaplain
Treat your club chaplain to a change of scenery and a spiritual refresher. Serra’s USA Council Episcopal Adviser, Bishop Thomas Daly, will lead a breakout session just for chaplains. Take advantage of our special registration discount for club chaplains ($295). If a chaplain comes with two members from his club, his registration is free.
Tour the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Early arrivers to the Rally have the option to go on a tour of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA on Wednesday, January 15. Cost including admission and motor coach transport from the Rally hotel is $45. Coach departs the Ventura Marriott at 9 am and returns at 2 pm. Lunch is on your own. Indicate your intention to go on the Rally registration form.
A special training for district governors will take place on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 16.
Closing Mass with Bishop Barron
Closing Mass for the Serra Rally will be celebrated by Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles. Bishop Barron is founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, religious correspondent for NBC, a best-selling author, and host of the award-winning, nationally syndicated documentary series CATHOLICISM, which aired on PBS. We eagerly await what words this prolific, media-savvy and scholarly bishop has for Serra.
Cathedrals & Missions Tour:
Stay after the Rally for a prayerful tour of two cathedrals and six missions
A pilgrimage tour of six California missions is planned for all who wish to stay after the Rally, starting on the afternoon of Sunday, January 19 and ending on Wednesday, January 22 with a flight home on January 23. Coordinated by Canterbury Pilgrimages and led by Fr. Jim Heyd of Chicago, this will include southern California missions from Ventura to San Diego (last year we visited the missions north to San Francisco). Plus, we will visit two cathedrals: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, and the Diocese of Orange’s “Crystal” Christ Cathedral — truly an architectural marvel. Connect to your Serran spirituality like never before when you treat yourself to this Cathedrals and Missions Tour. Click here for more details online.
Ventura Beach Marriott Hotel
2055 Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001 United States
Rally 2020 Room Rate
$136 per night, before taxes
Make your reservation directly with the hotel at this link. Hotel reservations must be made by you and are separate from the Rally event registration.
Event Registration Cost
- Register by Dec. 16 and pay only $395 per attendee; after Dec. 16, the fee is $450.
- $295 for Serra Club chaplains; if attending with two members from his club, this registration fee is waived. Register securely online here.
Your Registration Fee Includes
- All talks
- All workshops
- Transportation to and from Old Mission San Buenaventura and Our Lady of the Angels Seminary
The airport nearest to the Ventura Marriott is the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), about 40 miles southeast. Burbank Bob Hope (BUR) and Los Angeles International (LAX) are over 60 miles away. The hotel does not provide shuttle service to any of these airports, but Roadrunner shuttle and private taxi are options. Visit the hotel’s maps and transportation page for more details.
Tour the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Early arrivers to the Rally have the option to go on a tour of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA from 9 am to 2 pm on Wednesday, January 15. Cost for including admission and motor coach transport is $45. Lunch is on your own. Indicate your intention to go on the Rally registration form.
California Mission Trail Pilgrimage
After the Rally, stay on for a very special pilgrimage of two cathedrals and six California missions between Ventura and San Diego coordinated by Canterbury Pilgrimages. Find out more here.
Call Serra’s USA Council office in Chicago at 312.201.6549, or email us.
Have you ever wondered what actually happens at USA Council and Serra International beyond the world of your own club? Here’s your chance to learn and be inspired and enriched by the leadership of our organization! For me, the Serra Rally is like a reunion. I look forward to seeing old friends and leave wanting to be a better Serran!