Tuesday, August 2 The Serra Club of Columbus hosted the Annual Priests Appreciation Banquet at Walter Commons on the campus of St Charles Preparatory School. Over 70 priests in the Diocese of Columbus and all 25 of the seminarians from the Josephinum attended along with Bishop James Griffin and Bishop Earl Fernandes.
The evening began with a social hour featuring hors d’oeuvres and beverages, followed by a wonderful dinner headlined with four entrees. The event was catered by Gary Alwine of Mustard Seed Catering and sponsored by Dee Printing.
The Serra Club of Columbus has been hosting this event for 40+ years. The mission of the Sierra Club is to foster and promote vocations to the ministerial priesthood of the Catholic Church as a particular vocation of service and to support priests in their sacred ministry. Saint Pope John Paul II said, “Serrans, you are the lay vocation arm of the Catholic Church”. In addition to the Banquet, this club has many other activities to support and pray for vocations. A few of these are First Friday Adoration, Annual Outstanding Altar Server Awards presided over by Bishop Fernandes, monthly luncheons with guest speakers, an Adopt a Seminarian program, and much more.
Serra International was founded in 1935. The Serra Club of Columbus was chartered on September 14, 1954.
Bishop Earl Fernandes met with the priests prior to the beginning of the Appreciation Banquet to celebrate a Holy Hour with the specific intention of praying for an increase in priestly vocations. He then talked to the priests about his vision and priorities for the diocese.
Wednesday, June 22, the Serra Club of Columbus held their Annual Installation of Officers & Trustees Mass at the Mother of Mercy Chapel located at St Charles Preparatory School. The Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Earl Fernandes, our new Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus, and Fr William Hahn, Director of Vocations at the Josephinum. After Mass Bishop Fernandes installed 7 new members and then installed the Officers and Trustees of the Club. This was followed by dinner and comments by Bishop Fernandes at Walter Commons on the St Charles campus. Dinner was catered by Gary Allwein of Mustard Seed Catering.
Shown in the picture from left to right is: Chris Vollmer, John Swisher, Len Barbe, Mary Girard, Carl Faehnle, Bishop Fernandes, Fr Hahn, Charles Kielkopf, Dan Martin, Mike Kreber, and Steve Wood.
- On own own we are helpless. We must depend on God’s Grace
- The Faith of children gives him hope! (he had the privilege to work with the students at St. Cecilia and Bishop Ready High School
- There are 3 types of people in this world: Practicing Catholics. Fallen away Catholics and potential Catholics.
- Through our witness and prayer the Holy Spirit will help us convert others.
- He has learned The Holy Spirit is always at work! Nothing in society and in our world, even as broken as it appears can stop The Holy Spirit’s work.
Sunday, May 1 the Serra Club of Columbus held it’s 59 Annual Altar Server Award Ceremony at St Joseph Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio. Msgr. Stephan Moloney presided over the ceremony. During his homily he remarked proudly that he had received this award 52 years ago – and he is still proud of it.
There were 62 awardees – all 8th grade student altar servers and their parents and family present from the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio. It was a great day for all.
Over the years, we have heard many testimonials from Priests who won this award and were inspired to discern the religious vocation. Also many young ladies go on to be devout in their faith and love for Jesus Christ.
The Serra Club of Columbus would like to thank the Catholic Foundation for their donation and assisted sponsorship which helped make the Altar Server Award Program possible.