SERRA NEWS by Tessie V. Castaneda

untitledThe 72nd Serra International Convention was held in Sacramento, California last July 10 – 13, 2014 with 350 delegates from all over the world. The 2013-2014 president, Mr. Sean Yeo, is from Singapore. Five from the Philippines attended. The theme of the convention was “The Path to Holiness – A Serran Guide.” The mission of Serra International is clear and focused because of the following objectives:

(1) To foster and promote vocations to the ministerial priesthood in the Catholic Church as a particular vocation to service, and to support priests in the sacred ministry.
(2) To encourage and affirm vocations to consecrated religious life in the Catholic Church.
(3) To 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.

Serra International is formally recognized by the Vatican as the lay vocation arm of the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict once was asked what could be done to encourage vocation. “Teach them to pray.” Prayer is the vocation. In prayer we will discover God’s trust. Pray for more vocations and inspire others to do so.

One of the main agendas in this convention was a spiritual retreat conducted by Very Rev. John Horn, SJ. He taught the delegates how to do “Lectio Divina” a method where the Word of God is read and meditated on that it becomes prayer. He said that there is nothing more refreshing than receiving the Living Word of the Sacred Scripture.

It was reported in the conference that Serra International raised US$20,000.00 to help rebuild Sacred Heart Seminary in Palo, Leyte.