When you donate to Serra Foundation of Canada you touch not only the life of a single vocation discerner, but countless lives of faithful who will be baptized, married, consoled, forgiven, nourished, and ministered to in the countless ways priests, consecrated religious and deacons do every day in Canada.
Serra International is not a fundraising organization. Serra’s primary methods for promoting and affirming vocations to the priesthood, religious life and diaconate are prayers and actions. The Foundation’s role is to financially support and complement those prayers and actions.
Objectives of the Serra Foundation of Canada
- To fund programs that foster and promote vocations to the ministerial priesthood of the Catholic Church in Canada as a particular vocation to service, and to support priests in their sacred ministry; and
- To fund programs of formation for men and women in consecrated religious life in the Catholic Church in Canada; and
- To enhance the recognition of Serra International and Serra in Canada as the lay apostolate for vocations in the Catholic Church.
Memorial & Special Intention Mass Gift Cards
MEMORIAL MASS GIFT CARDS – Families are comforted in their sorrow by the gift of a Memorial Mass where their loved one will be remembered at a special Mass celebrated by the Episcopal Advisor of the Serra Council for Canada/Serra Conseil Canadien. Memorial Mass Gift Cards may be obtained from the Foundation.
SPECIAL INTENTION MASS GIFT CARDS – A wonderful way to honour someone – instead of the usual present for a birthday, ordination, priest anniversary, wedding anniversary or other special occasion – why not give that special person a Thinking of You Mass gift card – unique gift with the knowledge that they will be remembered at a special Mass celebrated by the Episcopal Advisor of the Serra Council for Canada/Serra Conseil Canadien. Special Intention Mass Gift Cards may be obtained from the Foundation.
Family and friends of both those who send the Mass gift cards and also the recipients of the Mass gift cards can join in and participate in the Serra Foundation Annual Gift Card Mass at any time on YouTube and join in the prayers for the recipients of the Mass gift cards. Watch the Serra Canada Masses now.
Donate – St. Junipero Serra Canada Vocations Mission
Serrans, through daily prayers and charitable giving, are on a “mission” of promoting and affirming vocations to the priesthood and religious life. With this sense of “mission” Serra Foundation established the St. Junipero Serra Canada Vocations Mission to provide financial support for its “mission” of promoting and affirming vocations to the priesthood and religious life in Canada.
Starting in June of each year a request will go out to all Serrans for charitable giving to St. Junipero Serra Canada Vocations Mission culminating on Canada Day, July 1, the Feast day of St. Junipero Serra. Whether received during the month of June or any time during the year, donations to St. Junipero Serra Canada Vocations Mission will go towards its “mission” of promoting and affirming vocations to the priesthood and religious life in Canada.
Donations may be made on-line or download the St. Junipero Serra Canada Vocations Mission by Mail Gift Form (PDF).
Planned Giving Program
Planned giving offers Serrans the opportunity to perpetuate their values beyond their own lifetimes. It is also an opportunity for Serrans to make gifts that are larger than what they can afford in their lifetimes. Most planned gifts are simple bequests made by a will specifically directing a portion of the estate to Serra Foundation of Canada. Serra Foundation of Canada, a registered charity, will issue a charitable donation receipt for the full value of your gift which can be used to offset income taxes owing by your estate. Read about the Planned Giving Program – Serra Foundation of Canada.
Ordinandi Dinner Sponsorship
Serra Foundation of Canada together with the Toronto area Serra Clubs sponsors the Ordinandi Dinner, an annual dinner celebrating the new vocations for the Archdiocese of Toronto attended by more than 1,800 honouring those deacons who are studying and residing at St. Augustine’s Seminary and Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Toronto and who with God’s grace will be ordained to the Priesthood. Learn more about the Ordinandi Dinner.
A youth event luncheon called the “Ordinandi Youth Day” is held the same day for students from the Catholic schools boards within the Archdiocese of Toronto with over 500 youth attending to hear and experience vocation stories and also participate in interactive workshops and to hear artistic performances.
Serra Priest Florida Retreat Program
Serra Foundation of Canada undertook the Serra Priest Florida Retreat Program where priests of the Archdiocese of Toronto have a place to go to in Florida for a break or for a few days off. Read more about the Serra Florida Retreat program.
What Serra Foundation of Canada Has Funded
Thanks to the generous support of donors, Serra Foundation of Canada is able to assist Canada Council of Serra International’s mission and ministry to foster and affirm
vocations to the ordained priesthood, vowed religious life and diaconate by funding programs that bring more “fellow laborers with Christ” to His harvest.
Since its inception in 2002 Serra Foundation of Canada has responded to over $500,000 of donation requests towards numerous programs for the formation and training of priests and consecrated religious and deacons including seminaries across Canada, Canadian Diocesan Vocations Offices, seminary programs of discernment, Canadian Diocesan and Religious Vocations Directors and other vocations activities in Canada.
The Annual Donor Report outlines the donation requests that Serra Foundation of Canada funded each year including a summary of the Financial Position of Serra Foundation of Canada (These are large 2-5MB files):
Serra Foundation of Canada BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Serra Foundation of Canada is governed by a Board of Directors, which is responsible for raising money for the Foundation, as well as making decisions on governance, policy, investments, and donation requests. All board members are volunteers.
George Damiani Q.C.
416-213-2600 x 333
Immediate Past President
Vila Nova Carvalho
Dr. Matthew McQueen
Dr. Moira McQueen