- Serra International (‘Serra’) is formally recognized by the Holy See as the global lay apostolate for vocations in the Catholic Church.
- Serra is a voluntary association of some 20,000 Catholic laymen and laywomen called Serrans.
- Each Serran is a member of a local Serra Club sanctioned by the Ordinary of the diocese in which the Serra Club is located.
- Since it was founded in 1935, in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., Serra has chartered 1,109 Serra Clubs in 46 countries on six continents.
Serra’s objectives and purposes are:
- 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
- To encourage and affirm vocations to consecrated religious life in the Catholic Church
- 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.