Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are blessed not only to know the answer to this question, but to actually host the Manitowoc Area Catholic Serra Club once a year at our Motherhouse. These men and women whose mission and ministry is to foster and promote vocations through prayer, awareness, affirmation and support are also truly our friends.
Here’s a bit more about this organization:
- Serra has been working for vocations since its founding in 1935.
- With over 65 years of experience, the organization has become a vocation resource, not only to its members, but also to parishes and vocations directors everywhere.
- Members meet twice a month. In addition, each club schedules vocation awareness and affirmation activities throughout the year.
- It is the only lay organization to be recognized by the Pope.
- The word Serra comes from the patron of the organization, Blessed Junipero Serra, whose steadfast efforts in founding nine missions in California and the conversion of thousands of Native Americans are an inspiration.
On Saturday, Manitowoc Serrans prayed Morning Prayer and celebrated Eucharist with us and heard some of our newest members share some personal information about themselves and how they got to know our Franciscan Community of Sisters. After joining us for dinner in our convent cafeteria, we gifted them with some of our own bakery.
O God, Who wills not the death of a sinner, but rather that he be converted and live, grant we beseech You through the intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, Saint Joseph, her spouse, Blessed Junipero Serra, and all the saints, an increase of laborers for your Church, fellow laborers with Christ to spend and consume themselves for souls, through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen.