The Catholic Foundation grants $1,000 to fund Serra Club’s Altar Server Award Program!

At the Serra Club of Columbus Board Meeting on November 21, President & CEO of the Catholic Foundation, Loren Brown presented the Board with a grant of $1,000 to fund their Altar Server Award Program. Every year the Pastors in the Diocese of Columbus nominate two 8th-grade students to receive a certificate and medal recognizing their excellence in Altar Serving. The event is held at the Cathedral and Bishop Fernandes presides over the award ceremony. The program is in its 60th year.

Thank you Catholic Foundation

An Abundance of Gratitude For The Catholic Foundation!

Heartfelt thanks to The Catholic Foundation for the generous financial grant

in the Vocations category of Responsive Grants for 2022 to help support the recent vocation luncheons for young men and women!
Annual vocations awareness luncheons for high school and middle school boys and girls are organized and hosted by the Serra Club of North Columbus each fall, in the Jessing Center on the campus of the Pontifical College Josephinum.
The Girls’ Luncheon in early October was addressed by Sr. Leonarda Zielinska, O.P. of the Dominican Sisters, Immaculate Conception Province. Several of the various orders of sisters in the diocese presented information tables, enabling the attending girls to see the wide variety of charisms and apostolates of the sisters.
At the Boys’ Luncheon in early November, Bishop Earl Fernandes delivered a riveting talk on his own vocation story, and an explanation of the urgent need for young men to discern, and answer, Christ’s call to the priesthood.
Nearly 200 students attended each event, along with clergy, teachers, and members of the Serra Club.

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We are grateful!

We need boots on the ground, those boots being men willing to sacrifice, willing to lead, willing to say YES to God’s calling.

Serra Club of North Columbus was proud to sponsor the annual young men’s vocation luncheon on Tuesday, Nov the 9th  at The Pontifical College Josephinum. Bishop Earl blessed us with his time and true inspiration as he spoke to over 150 young men from Our Catholic Schools & home-schoolers within our diocese. All eyes and attention were on our Most Reverend and Humble Bishop as he shared his story of discerning the call to the priesthood. We have no doubt that his message resonated with many young men and stirred up their openness to hearing where the Lord may be leading them. The Bishop was transparent in stating that there are too many weak men. We need boots on the ground, those boots being men willing to sacrifice, willing to lead, willing to say YES to God’s calling. His message was delivered with a mix of a coach’s pep talk in the locker room and a theology teacher. St. Gabriel Radio will be airing his talk soon- stay tuned! Several seminarians led tours of the Josephinum and answered many questions from these young men. Please join us in prayer for all young men to be open to God’s true calling in their lives.

Annual Vocations Luncheon for Young Women was a Huge Success!

What an amazing turnout for our Young Women’s Vocation Luncheon!  A record number of Middle and High School girls as well as a record number of Religious Sisters in attendance! Praise be to God!
As the young women arrived at The Pontifical College Josephinum they each received a ‘passport.’ They then traveled through The Jessing Center meeting all the different orders of Religious Sisters present. Each with their own Charism but all united in serving Our Lord! The young women had the privilege to enjoy lunch with the Sisters after their busy travels filling out their passports.
The Dominican Sisters of St. Dominic of The Holy Eucharist shared a brief talk on the virtue of Prudence and how growing in prudence aims us, and directs us to choose God! To practice prudence, one must actively listen, pray and then ACT!
We pray the fruits of today will be long-lasting.