On April 8 the diocesan Serra Club hosted an open-house for those interested in learning how they can join in the group’s effort to promote vocations. The event, held at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Lexington, began with a Rosary and Mass for vocations, followed by a time for learning more about the club.

Father Steve Roberts celebrated the Mass and spoke on the importance of vocations, giving a broad overview of vocations in the diocese and trends over past years.

The Serra Club, a chapter of Serra International, is dedicated to both encouraging religious vocations and supporting those who have answered the call. It is made up of members from across the Diocese who come together to pray, plan, and work together. Fr. Michael Flannigan serves as chaplain for the group, which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Through events like monthly Masses, Holy Hours, and Rosaries, “Serrans” pray for vocations; an effort to fulfill the second half of Jesus’ statement on the plentiful harvest: asking God to send more laborers.

They also host several special events throughout the year, including the Priests Appreciation Day, Sisters Appreciation Day, annual retreats, the Seminarian Sendoff, and Vocation Dinners. These events serve to foster an awareness of vocations while also offering a show of support for priests and religious.

There are currently 50 members in the Lexington Serra Club, but the importance of the work and the wide range of activities means there is always room for new members. Several prospective members attended the open house, but membership remains open. Those interested may contact the Membership Chair:

Mark Wilden, Membership Chair

Mark_Wilden@ml.com or (859) 312-1670