Welcome to the virtual domain of Serra Canada, recognized by the Holy See as a global lay apostolate for vocations in the Catholic Church. Formed in 1935 in Seattle, USA, to promote and foster vocations to the priesthood and consecrated religious life under the patronage of St. Junipero Serra. The first Canadian Serra Club was formed in 1952, and the Canadian Council of Serra International was established in June 2000.
Serra International is an organization that spans six continents with 1,109 Serra clubs in 46 countries around the world. To be a member of a Serra Club is to be a part of an essential and vital family of lay Catholics of all ages, from all walks of life, actively engaged in prayer, fasting, sacrifice, encouragement, and accompaniment for the promotion and support of priestly and religious vocations. Through this digital portal, we are able to connect and do, in short order, what St. Serra had to achieve on foot over a period of months and years. With your generous donations, the Serra Foundation is able to support the sacred ministry of priests, and fund programs for the formation of suitable candidates for the priesthood, and men and women in consecrated religious life.
My prayers join with yours as together, with continued abundance in blessings and in faith through the intercession of St. Junipero Serra, we strive for a greater collaboration and communion with the laity, clergy, and religious to pray for and support a healthy ministry of priests and religious for our Church, and the Church in Canada.
About Bishop Gordon
Most Reverend Gary Gordon is the Episcopal Advisor of the Canadian Council of Serra International. Bishop Gary Gordon was installed the 17th Bishop of the Diocese of Victoria on August 28, 2014. Prior to that he served as Bishop of Whitehorse for eight years. In 2006, in honour of his connection with the people and the First Nations communities in the Fraser Valley, Bishop Gordon received the name Xyolhmetoxw, which means ‘taking care of the people’ in Halq’eméylem, the language of the Stó:lo; Nation.
Bishop Gary has been the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) Bishop ponens for Catholics involved in prison chaplaincy and pastoral services since 2007, a member of the Anglican/Roman Catholic Bishops’ Dialogue from 2007 serving as its CoChairman since 2009, and a member of Providence Health Care since 2014. He has served on the former Episcopal Commission for Relations with Associations of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Laity (2007-2008). In addition, he is Chair of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs for the Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops. Leading by example, Bishop Gordon continues to weave a tapestry of faith in the fabric and lives of all those entrusted to our care now and in the future.