ERRA CLUB of Portland
The global lay apostolate for vocations in the Catholic Church since 1937
"Always go forward, never turn back"
The year was 1934; the place was Seattle, Washington, and four Catholic friends had an idea. They decided to meet regularly over a meal to discuss how their Christian values could be lived out in their professional lives. Soon more friends were joining them, and within several months, they had decided on an additional focus the encouraging of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. They chose Padre Juniper Serra, the noted Spanish missionary, as patron.
The USA/Canada Council became an official national council within Serra International on June 1, 1994, when the officers and regional representatives who had been elected earlier that spring took office. At the June 1993 international Board meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, permission was given to form a USA/Canada Council. Working committees met during the next year, developing an operating structure, a Constitution and Bylaws, and a transition plan. In June 2000, Canada became a separate council.
That small group has grown into Serra International. Serrans today are still dedicated to spiritual growth, continuing Catholic adult education, warm fellowship and encouragement of church vocations. It was a great idea, and it has become a tradition of commitment.
An Idea That Caught On
Four major committees work to further the goals of the USA Council in the areas of:
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