About Serra Atlanta
The Serra Club is a lay Catholic Organization of men and women, who pray for, support, promote and affirm vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Serra’s secondary, although very important purpose is to promote and support our own personal vocation, improving spirituality within ourselves and as a Serra group. The Serra Club was founded in 1934 and is named after Saint Junipero Serra, the 18th century Franciscan missionary who tirelessly evangelized the New World and established early California Missions. There are over 800 Serra Clubs in 37 countries worldwide with a membership of in excess of 20,000 men and women. The Atlanta Serra Club is a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt organization.
The Atlanta Serra presently has approximately 50 members and holds a monthly (except for December) meeting/luncheon with speaker on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Sheraton Hotel located in Sandy Springs just north of I-285 at the corner of Hammond Drive and Barfield Road. For at least twenty years, the Club sponsors the following events all of which are attended by the Archbishop:
This event normally held in February at the Chancery Office in Smyrna is a dinner held to recognize and thank the priests of the Archdiocese of Atlanta for their work. All of the priests of the Archdiocese are invited to this event along with Serrans, their spouse and invited guests.
TRANSITIONAL DIACONATE ORDINATION
Serra sponsors a reception for the newly ordained Deacons following a mass at 10:30 am on a Saturday in late May or early June at Christ the King Cathedral.
Serra sponsors a reception for the newly ordained Priests following a mass at 10:30 am on a Saturday in late June at the Christ the King Cathedral.
The seminarians of the archdiocese spend a summer retreat week in late July or early August at The Ignatius House in Sandy Springs. Serra hosts a dinner following mass at 5:00 pm celebrated by the Archbishop. Interaction with the 40 to 50 archdiocese seminarians in training at one of several seminary’s in the U.S. and allows Serrans the opportunity to meet these men, provide support and begin a relationship before they become priests.
DAY OF RECREATION
Serra holds this annual event in September providing golf and tennis and a reception-dinner afterward at country clubs or at Lake Lanier Islands (Archdiocese holds a Convocation for all priests every other year at Legacy Hotel at Lake Island). All priests of the archdiocese are invited as guests. This is Serra’s main fund raising event for the year.
Serra holds this annual event in October at The Ignatius House in Sandy Springs with a 4 PM mass as celebrated by the Archbishop followed by a sit down dinner for the archdiocese Sisters. Serrans and their spouses have the opportunity to meet these Sisters and thank them for all of their work that they do. Serra encourages any of the Sisters who are able to spend the night after this event.
The last event held by Serra for the year includes a 6 PM mass celebrated by the Archbishop with Induction of all new Serra Club members and followed by a reception-dinner. This is held at one of the parishes on the north side of Atlanta for all Serrans and their spouses.
The Club presently has annual dues of $200, $300 if spouses are also members, that includes the monthly luncheons with additional charges for most of the annual events described above based on cost and participation.
The Serra Club of Atlanta is led by a board of directors, elected by the members, that meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The current officers are:
President – Tom Blaska
VP – Vocations – Robert Fink
VP – Membership – Tom Boyle
VP _ Communications – Leigh Gant
VP – Programs – Hal Lamb
Secretary – Cesar Seoane
Treasurer – Frank Murphy
Trustees – Mike Walsh
Trustee – Dennis Mackin
Trustee – John Chambers
Past President – Fred Puryear
Chaplain – Fr. Edward O’Connor