About Serra Boston

The Serra Club of Boston was founded as a gift to the Archdiocese of Boston in honor of its Bicentennial Celebration in 2008. The Club assists the Vocations Office of the archdiocese in any way possible to foster, promote and support vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Monthly meetings are held every 3rd Saturday from 8:30 – 10:30 AM at St. Mary’s Church in Waltham, MA.

St. Mary’s Church
133 School St.
Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 891-1730
Google Maps directions

What is Serra?

Serra is an international organization, founded in 1935, that exists to:

  • Foster and promote vocations to the ministerial priesthood in the Catholic Church as a particular vocation to service, and to support priests in their sacred ministry;
  • Encourage and affirm vocations to consecrated life in the Catholic Church; and
  • Assist its members to recognize and respond in their own lives to God’s call to holiness in Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit.

There are more than 800 Serra Clubs in 42 countries with a total membership of over 20,000 lay men and women. Membership is open to Catholic lay women and men, and to those who have been ordained to the permanent diaconate.

Who was Blessed Junipero Serra?

A Spaniard by birth, Blessed Junipero Serra (1713-1784) was a Franciscan missionary to Mexico and California who established nine missions in what is now the state of California. He devoted himself to spreading the Gospel message among the Native Americans with zeal and compassion and is known as the “Apostle to California.” He was beatified at the Vatican by Pope John Paul II on September 25, 1988.

Serra Prayer for Vocations

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.

Chaplain:

Rev. Daniel Hennessey

Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Boston

Interim Leadership Team:

Brian & Loretta Gallagher