A Blessed Weekend for Vocations

This past weekend, Serra International held its annual convention in Anchorage.  It was amazing to see and meet so many people from all parts of the world who had traveled to share, learn, and grow together for the common purpose of furthering the mission of Serra.  Speakers included His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, OMI (who also celebrated the opening Mass), His Eminence Anthony Cardinal Okogie, Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Felix Job, Archbishop of Ibadan in Nigeria, and Fr. Brett Brannen, Vice Rector of Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary.  The theme: Bringing the Bread of Life – True Manna in the Wilderness.

If you’re not familiar with Serra, it is a lay organization aimed at supporting, celebrating, encouraging, and affirming vocations to the priesthood and religious life.  Taking Bl. Junipero Serra for their patron, Serrans accomplish their mission through prayer, providing monetary assistance to seminarians, raising vocations awareness through multimedia communications and vocation fairs, and through special vocations projects and social activities for priests, seminarians, and religious.  Interestingly, Anchorage does not have a local Serra club.  However, the convention also brought together many who  expressed an interest in starting one!  For more information on Serra, or to locate a local Serra club, go to www.serraus.org.  If you are in Alaska, particularly the Anchorage area, and would like more information on Serra or the formation of a local club, you may contact me and I’d be happy to get you connected.

Bl. Junipero Serra, pray for us.

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