The Serra Club of North Columbus gratefully acknowledges the recent award of the 2020 Responsive Grant by the Catholic Foundation to support the group’s school vocation luncheons. These luncheons provide an opportunity for grade and high school students to pray for vocations and to listen to priests and religious sisters share their vocation stories. If you would like to volunteer to help with these beautiful events, please click here.
The Serra Club of North Columbus hosted Doug Stein, the newly appointed Vice-President of Advancement at the Pontifical College Josephinum (PCJ) as the guest speaker for October. Doug shared the rich history of this beautiful seminary right here in Columbus founded by Monsignor Joseph Jessing. Since 1888, more than 1,900 priests have received their formation at the Josephinum. Ordained alumni from the PCJ are active in 48 states and in 18 foreign countries. Doug encouraged members to pray for the PCJ and increased vocations to the Priesthood.
Of the numerous disruptions created by the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, one cancellation greatly lamented by the Serra Club of North Columbus is our annual luncheon recognizing the religious sisters of the Diocese. Each Fall we gather at the Martin dePorres Center at St. Mary of the Springs to celebrate with sisters from numerous congregations, with the older sisters from Mohun Health Care Center the most numerous, as they live on the campus. Since we knew we couldn’t hold the luncheon this Fall, we opted to provide some color after the bleak grey of the early lockdown. Serran Ginger West led the delivery effort, Mohun volunteers planted them, and the sisters now enjoy them!
Throughout the year, the Serra Clubs send greetings to the priests of the Diocese of Columbus, wishing them blessings on the anniversary of their ordinations. The effort reaches a peak in May and June, when the vast majority of the ordinations occurred.
Sue Stalter of the Serra Club of North Columbus finds the task enjoyable, especially in that it has reminded to her to send notes to the priests who have accompanied her in her faith journey.
Check the Diocesan directory to find your favorite priests’ anniversaries, and drop them a note of appreciation and congratulations!