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The need for more vocations

It is worth looking again at the numbers. The number of religious sisters continues to decrease, and, despite an increase in the number of ordinations, the number of priests continues to fall and the number of parishes without a resident priest continues to rise, while the Catholic population increases. In fact, if we had the same number of priests and religious sisters now that we had in 1965, the greatly increased Catholic population in 2015 would still be under-served despite the increased number of permanent Deacons and the rise in lay ministries.

Decline in Vocations
  1965 2010 2016 2017
Catholic Population 46.3 million 74.6 million 74.2 million 74.3 million
Priests 58,632 39,993 37,192 37,181
Ordinations 994 459 548 504
Parishes without resident priest/pastor 549 3,353 3,499 3,552
Permanent Deacons n/a 16,649 18,173 18,287
Religious Sisters 181,421 57,444 47,170 45,605

For more information about these and other statistic click HERE

Serra Purpose and Mission

Serra has two missions: the first is to pray for, encourage support and affirm vocations to the priesthood and religious life; the second, equally important, is to deepen the faith of individual Serrans and strengthen their personal relationship with Jesus Christ so that they may become His more devoted disciples.

History of Serra and Serra KCK

Serra began as a Catholic business men's club in Seattle, WA in 1934 and has since spread world wide. Currently there are 800 Serra clubs in 37 countries chartered by Serra International. The United States, similar to most other countries has its own council, the United States Council of Serra International. Serra is recognized as the lay vocation arm of the Catholic Church

Serra KCK began in 1970 at the request of then Archbishop Strecker and has been strongly supported by his successors, Archbishop Keheler and Archbishop Naumann. To read Jim Wilson's "History of Serra KCK" click on one or more of the links below:
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
 Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
- Chapter 6

 Joining Serra

We welcome new members to help us with our current projects and activities and to expand our efforts to pray for, encourage, support and affirm vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Joining Serra will put you in contact with a dedicated group of Catholic men who, by prayer and mutual support deepen each others faith life.

For further information about joining Serra KCK, video interviews with KCK serrans, our activities and projects click HERE.

Junipero Serra was born on November 24, 1713 on the island of Mallorca, Spain. His parents were local farmers. His given name was Miquel Joseph Serra. He received his early education at the Franciscan convents in Mallorca.

When he was 15 years of age he felt moved to serve the Church, and in the next year he was accepted by the Franciscan Order. Two years late, at the age of 18, he became Fray Junipero Serra.

After years of study culminating in a doctorate degree in Theology, lecturing and serving as the Duns Scotus Professor of Philosophy he responded to the call for evangelization the Spanish colonies in the New World.

Fr. Serra and 19 other Franciscan missionaries landed at Vera Curz, Mexico on December 6, 1749. From there he and a detachment of soldiers walked the El Camino Real. It was during missionary effort that Fr. Serra suffered an insect bite on the leg that did not heal well, a wound that caused him pain throughout the rest of his life.

Fr. Serra and his companions established 9 of the 13 missions along the coast that have given names to many of the cities of what is now the state of California:

  • San Diego de Acala, July 16, 1769
  • San Juan Capistrano, November 1, 1776
  • San Gabriel Arcangel, September 8, 1771
  • San Buenaventura, March 31, 1782
  • San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, September1, 1772
  • San Antonio de Padua, July 14, 1771
  • San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo June 3, 1770
  • Santa Clara de Asis, January 12, 1777
  • San Francisco de Asis, October 9, 1776

His motto "Always forward, never backward" and his incessant labor for the Church he loved are important reasons for his name being chosen for the work in which we are engaged.

On September 23, 2015 Pope Francis canonized Fr. Junipero Serra at a Mass held at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the first canonization held on United States soil. Out patron is now St. Junipero Serra.