In 1935, a small group of lay people in Seattle, USA, decided to form an organization to promote and foster vocations to the priesthood and other consecrated religious life. They chose St. Junipero Serra, the great missionary, as their patron and named the organization SERRA Club of Seattle.
From this humble beginning, the organization has grown worldwide. Today, there are more than 1109 Serra clubs in 46 countries with a total membership of more than 19,000 men, women and permanent deacons on six continents.
Serrans are lay Catholics – men and women of all ages and from all walks of life: lawyers, doctors, accountants, business people, nurses, engineers, sales people, clerks, retirees etc., all dedicated to promote and foster vocations.
Serra International (“Serra”) is formally recognized by the Holy See as the global lay apostolate for vocations in the Catholic Church.