of the  Serra Club
of the Monterey Peninsula

February 2018
The Month of the Passion

Issue No. 4
Board of Trustees 

Mr Geoffrey Lopes da Silva
Acting President

Deacon Bill Reichmuth
Vice President for Programs

Mr Terrence O'Connell
Vice President for Vocations

(Office Currently Vacant)
Vice President for Membership

(Office Currently Vacant)
Vice President for Communications

Mrs Mary O'Connell 

Mrs Agnes Lopes da Silva

Miss Barbara Diamond
Immediate Past President

Mr Jeff Gorman

Dr Dan Waligora

Mr John Tope 

Rev Jhonnatan F. Carmona

The objectives and purposes of the Serra Club are:

  • To foster and promote vocations to the ministerial priesthood in the Catholic Church as a particular vocation to service, and to support priests in their sacred ministry;

  • To encourage and affirm vocations to consecrated religious life in the Catholic Church; and

  • To assist its members to recognize and respond in their own lives to God’s call to holiness in Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit.


"The motivation of all Serrans should be love of God, love of the Eucharist and the Sacraments, love of the Church (the people of God)" ( Handbook for Serrans Called to Holiness, p. 27).

Club News
Special Announcement from the Board of Trustees
As previously announced to all members via an email distributed on 30 December 2017, Miss Barbara Diamond, President of the Serra Club of the Monterey Peninsula, submitted her resignation as club president to the Board of Trustees. 

The Board regretfully accepted her resignation, which became effective on 31 December 2017, at which time Mr Geoffrey Lopes da Silva, as President-Elect, became Acting President until the election of new club officers. 

The Board of Trustees wishes to thank Barbara for her service as club president!

Siempre Adelante!
Always Forward!
2017 Christmas Party Review

The Serra Club of the Monterey Peninsula's annual Christmas Dinner Party for Priests and Seminarians was held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Monterey Country Club's Beach House in Pebble Beach. Special thanks go to Dr Dan Waligora, Mrs Mary O'Connell, and Mrs Agnes Lopes da Silva for helping to organize the event.
Left: Bishop Garcia with Fr Ron Shirley, Photo courtesy of Mrs Agnes Lopes da Silva.

Above: Bishop Garcia with Serra Club member Jesus Rios. Photo courtesy of Miss Barbara Diamond.

Above: Serrans Dr Dan Waligora and Mr Bruce Stewart, with their wives. Photo courtesy of Mrs Mary O'Connell.

Above: Bishop Garcia and Fr Roy Shelly with three seminarians. Photo courtesy of Mrs Agnes Lopes da Silva.

More photos from the 2017 Serra Club's Christmas Dinner Party for Priests and Seminarians can be seen on the Club's Facebook page.

Our New Chaplain
As reported in the last newsletter, the Most Rev. Richard J. Garcia, 4th Bishop of Monterey in California, has appointed the Rev. Jhonnatan Florez Carmona, parochial vicar of Carmel Mission Basilica, as the new chaplain of the Serra Club of the Monterey Peninsula. Fr. Carmona succeeds the Rev. Eleazar Diaz Gaytan, who has been appointed 36th Pastor of Mission San Miguel Arcãngel.

Born in Cali, Colombia, on 16 August 1983, Fr. Carmona entered the seminary when he was 20 years old. In a letter to the parishioners of Carmel Mission Basilica ( parish bulletin, 27 November 2016), Fr. Carmona wrote:

"I have felt the call of God since I was young. My mother used to work at our home parish. As a little boy, I saw the priests doing their work for the salvation of souls. I thought of priests as mysterious men because they wore black clothes with colorful vestments, and they offered Mass.

"When I was a teen, I used to go to Sunday Mass. My former pastor invited the young guys and girls to be catechists. It was then that I felt the call of the Lord. My heart throbbed, and I was moved to talk with my former pastor about my interest in being a catechist. He was very welcoming, and that was my start in parish life. After that, I was involved in different ministries in my home parish, and my vocation matured. I decided to further answer God's call by joining the seminary..."

Fr. Carmona attended university in Columbia before studying Theology for two years in Mexico City. He later moved to the United States and studied English for a year at the University of Idaho before attending Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon, from which he graduated with a Masters in Theology in 2013.

"The seminary life had its ups and downs, with moments of happiness and sadness, crises and joys, but overall it was an awesome experience for me".

Fr. Carmona served his pastoral year at Mission San Luis Obispo. He was ordained to the diaconate on 23 May 2014 and was appointed to serve at Saint Mary of the Nativity in Salinas. Fr. Carmona was ordained to the priesthood on 22 May 2015 and was assigned to Madonna del Sasso in Salinas. On 5 November 2016, he was appointed Parochial Vicar of Carmel Mission Basilica.

According to the Bylaws of the Serra Club of the Monterey Peninsula, the club chaplain's "duties shall be advisory on Church and spiritual matters".

The Board of Trustees, and all members of the Serra Club of the Monterey Peninsula, wish to express their gratitude to Bishop Garcia, and a very warm welcome to Fr. Carmona.

Nota bene: Fr Carmona will be the guest speaker at the first Monday of the month meeting on 5 March (6:30pm). Be sure to attend and hear him share his story!

Photo: Fr Jhonnatan F. Carmona at the Serra Club's Christmas Dinner Party for Priests and Seminarians, with Mrs Carol Dominguez (left) and Mrs Mary O'Connell (right). Photo courtesy of Mrs Agnes Lopes da Silva.

Seminarian Gathering at Villa Maria del Mar
On Tuesday, 2 January 2018, the seminarians of the Diocese gathered at the beautiful Villa Maria del Mar Retreat Center in Santa Cruz for several days of informational meetings.

The Serra Club of the Monterey Peninsula hosted a "meet and greet" social with a variety of beverages and hot and cold appetizers before sitting down to a delicious dinner provided by the staff of Villa Maria del Mar.

Just about all of the seminarians of the Diocese were gathered together in one place, affording Serrans the very rare opportunity of visiting with them all at one time.

A total of eight members of the Club were able to attend: Mr. Geoffrey Lopes da Silva (acting club president), Mr Terry O'Connell (vice president for vocations), Mrs Mary O'Connell (club secretary and principal organizer of the event), Miss Barbara Diamond (immediate past president), Mrs Insuk Mullins, Mr Thomas Korman, Mr Jesus Rios, and Mrs Carol Dominguez.

The Serrans were overwhelmed by the appreciation and positive comments expressed by the seminarians, as well as by Fr Roy Shelly and Fr Ommar Solis of the diocesan vocations office.

A very special thanks goes to Mrs Mary O'Connell for organizing the event, as well as to the staff of Villa Maria del Mar.

It was a great evening of fellowship with our seminarians and future priests that the Board of Trustees plans on making this a new annual tradition for the Serra Club of the Monterey Peninsula.

From left to right: Mr Abraham Barerra (seminarian), Mrs Insuk Mullins, Mr Christopher Arriaga (seminarian), Mr Terry O'Connell (Vice President for Vocations), and Mr Thomas Korman Photo courtesy of Mrs Insuk Mullins.

Miss Barbara Diamond (Immediate Past President) and Fr. Roy Shelly, head of the diocesan vocation's office. Photo courtesy of Mrs Insuk Mullins.

More photos from the 2018 Seminarian Gathering can be seen on the Club's Facebook page.

Election Season
With the Christmas holidays a distant memory and Ash Wednesday less than a month away, the Club is approaching “election season”. The Board of Trustees felt it would be a good time to review the Principal Officers of the Serra Club of the Monterey Peninsula: who are they, what do they do, etc.

The Serra Club of the Monterey Peninsula is governed by a Board of Trustees , which consists of the President, the President-Elect, four Vice Presidents, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the Immediate Past President, and one to three Trustees.

“The Board of Trustees is the overall policy-making, governing, and coordinating body of the club. It has general control over all officers, members, committees, and budgets, approves all bills, and conducts all ordinary business. Its decisions are final unless overruled by two-thirds majority of the active members present and voting at a regular meeting of the club” (USA Council of Serra International, Handbook for Club Trustees , p. 2).

The Board of Trustees meets once a month “at a time and place designated by the President” and at least “50% of the members of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting” ( Bylaws ).

The Principal Officers that make up the Board of Trustees are as follows:

  • Works closely with the four vice presidents, the secretary, treasurer, chaplain, and trustees to strategize, plan, promote, and coordinate the activities of the club.
  • As the club’s leader, ensures that both the goals of the club and the objectives of Serra International and the USA Council are accomplished.

  • Prepares for a smooth transition in the office of president and continuity in club programs.
  • Assists current president by active participation in club planning and activities.
  • Presides at club meetings in president's absence.

Vice President for Programs
  • Chairs the club Programs Committee and presides at regular meetings in absence of both the president and president-elect.
  • Carries out the third principle of Serra, namely, to assist its members to recognize and respond in their own lives to God’s call to holiness in Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit.
  • With the Programs Committee, plans, conducts and evaluates programs of adult faith education.
  • Determines financial requirements of the programs.

Vice President for Membership
  • Chairs the club Membership Committee.
  • Coordinates and oversees all club membership efforts.
  • Invites other club members to serve on this committee and as chairpersons of the following subcommittees:
  • Recruitment
  • Orientation
  • Induction
  • Extension
  • Retention
  • Mentoring
  • Determines financial requirements of membership efforts

Vice President for Vocations
  • Chairs the club Vocation Committee.
  • Coordinates and oversees all club vocation efforts.
  • Collaborates with the diocesan vocation office on programs.
  • Promotes and encourages the formation of parish, diocesan and/or deanery church vocations committees.
  • Determines financial requirements of vocation programs and activities.

Vice President for Communications
  • Chairs the club Communications Committee.
  • Coordinates and oversees all club communications efforts, including club newsletter and webpage, with the Communications Committee.
  • Plans long-range for public relations with specific goals for the current year.
  • Establishes contact with and keeps the local media informed of Serra events:
  • Diocesan Catholic newspaper editor
  • Religious editors of secular newspapers, broadcast personnel
  • Keeps the SerraUSA magazine informed of club events.
  • Develops a cadre of club spokespersons.
  • Determines financial requirements of communication efforts.

  • Notifies members of appointments to club committees and special assignments.
  • Assists the club newsletter editor.
  • Assists the president in preparing an agenda for each club meeting.
  • Prepares and maintains a current roster of membership.
  • Takes minutes of each meeting for the permanent file.
  • Keeps accurate and permanent attendance records at all club meetings.
  • Maintains the permanent club history.
  • Authenticates, by signature, all records and documents.

  • Maintains club financial records and disbursements.
  • Reports financial status of club at each Board Meeting.
  • Reports delinquent member status.
  • Has accounts audited at close of fiscal year.
  • Remits club dues to the USA Council of Serra International in timely manner.

Immediate Past President
  • Provides advice and leadership to the Board of Trustees regarding past practices and other matters to assist the Board in governing the Club.
  • Automatically fills the Immediate Past President position on the Board of Trustees, and is a trustee ex officio (Latin for "by right of office").

  • One to three trustees serve the club (this includes the Immediate Past President)
  • Term of office: three years
  • Knowledgeable and experienced Serran
  • Monitors the programs of the club
  • Evaluates the operation of the club related to bylaws and policies of Serra.

Complete position descriptions can be viewed here . The USA Council of Serra International has also prepared a handbook or manual for each position, and can be seen upon request.

The Club's schedule for the election process is as follows:
  • February: Nominations
  • March: Elections
  • April: Installation

World Day for Consecrated Life: 2 February
Friday, 2 February 2018, is the annual World Day for Consecrated Life, first instituted by Saint John Paul II in 1997 as a day of prayer for men and women in consecrated life.

What is "consecrated life"? The Catechism teaches that "the life consecrated to God is characterized by the public profession of the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience, in a stable state of life recognized by the Church" (n. 944). Those in consecrated life include hermits, consecrated virgins, religious, secular institutes, and societies of apostolic life.

The World Day for Consecrated Life is attached to the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, traditionally known as "Candlemas", the fortieth day after Christmas, "the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples" ( USCCB).

"The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church" ( USCCB).

The second of the three objectives and purposes of Serra International is to encourage and affirm vocations to consecrated religious life in the Catholic Church, and so we pray "for those consecrated to God by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience that they may seek to live their baptismal promises more intensely and have the grace to persevere in their commitment to the Lord and serve with open hearts and willing spirits" ( USCCB).

A prayer for vocations to consecrated life from The Roman Missal can be found below.

Lenten Retreat: 17 February
The Serra Club of the Monterey Peninsula's Day of Recollection for Serrans and their families and friends will be held on the first Saturday of Lent, 17 February 2018, at the St Francis Retreat Center, 549 Mission Vineyard Road, San Juan Bautista.

This Lenten Day of Recollection will be led by Fr. Ken Laverone, OFM, and will include the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation (Confession) and the celebration of Mass. This will be an excellent opportunity to get the season of Lent off to a good start!

The Day of Recollection begins at 10am and a donation of $25 per person is requested.

Grace upon Grace available at Carmel Mission

Grace upon Grace: A History of the Diocese of Monterey in California by Geoffrey Lopes da Silva, Acting President of the Serra Club of the Monterey Peninsula, is on sale at the Carmel Mission Basilica Museum Store.

The Diocese celebrated its 50th birthday on 6 October 2017. It was on 6 October 1967 that Pope Blessed Paul VI officially established the Diocese of Monterey in California with promulgation of the Apostolic Constitution Montereyensi-Fresnensi (Latin for "Monterey-Fresno").

Although the present Diocese is only 50 years old, the origins of the Church in Monterey can be traced to the original Diocese of Monterey of the mid-1800s, and even before that, to the mission era of the 1700s. 

This 260-page book published by Éditions du Signe chronicles not only the history of the Diocese, but also the history of each of its 46 parishes. Copies can be purchased in the Carmel Mission Basilica Museum Store for $40.

Ad multos annos!
The Serra Club of the Monterey Peninsula wishes to acknowledge the priests of our diocese who are observing the anniversary of their ordination during the month of February. Ad multos annos!

Rev. Alphonse VanGuilder, OFM Conv. (54 years)
Parochial Vicar of Saint Paul the Apostle in Pismo Beach

Rev. Rodolfo Contreras (8 years)
Parochial Vicar of Holy Cross in Santa Cruz

"It was not you who chose Me, says the Lord,
but I who chose you and appointed you to go out and bear fruit,
fruit that will last"
( The Roman Missal, Third Edition,
Entrance Antiphon for the anniversary of priestly ordination).

News from Serra International
A Message from the President of Serra International
Daniel R. Jones, current president of Serra International, released his Christmas message to Serrans and their families via email. In it, Mr. Jones said:

"I am reminded of St. Matthew's Gospel where Jesus says, 'Come after me, I will make you fishers of men'. We tend to think Jesus was calling to his disciples, which he was; but he was also calling each one of us to use our unique talents that he has given to each of us to promote and affirm our priests, seminarians and religious -- as well as encourage membership in Serra.
"Thank you for all your support for our ordained and consecrated. As Pope Francis asked of Serrans in Rome this summer, he hopes and prays that each of us will continue to be true friends with our priests, seminarians, and religious.
"May we continue to remember and pray each day for all Serrans and their loved ones who have died. At Christmas and each day let us remember in our giving -- the poor, the underprivileged, and the marginalized. To all who might be ill, may the healing power of Jesus be with you.
"Let us remember the greatest gift ever given when our God sent his Son, Jesus Christ to be born into our humanity -- giving us his supreme gift of love and mercy".

Mr. Jones served as President of the U.S. Council of Serra International before being elected President of Serra International.

Gerald M. Crotty, 1925-2017
Serra International has announced the passing of Past Serra International Foundation President Gerald M. Crotty, who "passed into the arms of our Lord" on 11 December at the age of 92.

"Mr. Crotty was a 50-year member of Serra International, serving the Serra Club of Hartford, Connecticut, twice as President, District Governor, and two terms as Regional Director. He was a member of the International Nominating and Long Range Committees. He was elected and served several years as a Board Member of Serra International and the Foundation Boards, including a term as President of the latter. 

"Mr. Crotty always brought a fun, playful energy to the many international Serra conventions he attended over the years. His contribution to the Serra vocations apostolate will be missed".

Serran Spirituality
February: The Month of the Passion
The month of February is traditionally dedicated to the Passion of the Lord, as what the old Roman Martyrology calls "the beginning of the holy fast of Lent" (Ash Wednesday) most often falls during this month; this year on 14 February. The Directory on Popular Piety, which was promulgated by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in 2001, says that "Lent precedes and prepares for Easter. It is a time to hear the Word of God, to convert, to prepare for and remember Baptism, to be reconciled with God and one's neighbour, and of more frequent recourse to the 'arms of Christian penance': prayer, fasting and good works (cf. Mt 6:1-6, 16-18)" (n. 124.a).

"In the Roman Rite, the beginning of the forty days of penance is marked with the austere symbol of ashes which are used in the Liturgy of Ash Wednesday. The use of ashes is a survival from an ancient rite according to which converted sinners submitted themselves to canonical penance" (n. 125).

The Roman Missal says that these ashes "are made from the olive branches or branches of other trees that were blessed the previous year" and that "the priest places ashes on the head of all those present who come to him, and says to each one" either "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return" ( Genesis 3:19) or "Repent and believe in the Gospel" ( Mark 1:15). 

"The act of putting on ashes symbolizes fragility and mortality, and the need to be redeemed by the mercy of God. Far from being a merely external act, the Church has retained the use of ashes to symbolize that attitude of internal penance to which all the baptized are called during Lent. The faithful who come to receive ashes should be assisted in perceiving the implicit internal significance of this act, which disposes them towards conversion and renewed Easter commitment" (Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Directory on Popular Piety (2001), n. 125).

A Lenten Proposal:
The Daily Spiritual Exercises for Serrans
While Lent is often seen as a time to "give something up", it is a also a time to "do something extra". After all, only two of the traditional three Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving involve giving something up: fasting and almsgiving. Prayer often involves doing something extra.

As Lent approaches, this would be a good time for Serrans to peruse our Handbook for Serrans Called to Holiness: A Serran's Guide to the Spiritual Life, particularly the Daily Spiritual Exercises for Serrans on page 50:

Morning Prayers
  1. Liturgy of the Hours: Morning Prayer of Lauds (cf. pp. 40-41 & 44)
  2. Rosary for Priests and Vocations (cf. pp. 102ff)
  3. Serran Prayer for Vocations (cf. p. 79)
  4. Serran Prayer for Perseverance of Vocations (cf. p. 79)

Daytime Prayers at 3pm (whenever possible)
  1. The Three O'Clock Prayer (cf. p. 96)
  2. The Divine Mercy Chaplet (cf. pp. 98-99)

Evening and Night Prayers
  1. Liturgy of the Hours: Evening Prayer of Vespers (cf. pp. 40-41 & 44)
  2. Reflect on the scripture readings for the following day's Mass
  3. Examination of Conscience (cf. p. 53ff.)
  4. Liturgy of the Hours: Night Prayer of Compline (cf. pp. 40-41 & 44)

The Handbook also mentions the following spiritual exercises:

  • "On the average, Serrans must commit to at least an hour of prayer time a day, every day. The hour can be divided into morning and evening" (p. 44).

  • "Serrans need to inculcate a deep love for the Holy Eucharist and hence daily Mass attendance and frequent reception of the Holy Eucharist is of utmost importance. Therefore, all Serrans should strive to attend Mass as frequently as possible, if not daily" (p. 44).

  • "Serrans are strongly encouraged to visit and adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament daily, spending at least 15 minutes during each visit and slowly increase to an hour a day over a reasonable period of time" (p. 45; cf. pp. 41-42).

  • "The daily spiritual exercises can be done in the Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament or anywhere" (p. 45).

  • Whenever entering or leaving a church or place where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved, pray the Prayer of Adoration by St Francis of Assisi (cf. p. 50; cf. p. 79).

  • "It is compulsory that all Serrans must do a good and honest confession at least once a month" (p. 45; cf. pp. 55ff).

  • "Serrans are encouraged to fast on every Wednesday (when your health and state of life permit) for the intention of the Serra apostolate for vocations and sanctification of our priests" (p. 45; cf. pp. 71ff).

  • During Lent: "In addition to the above, Serrans must pray the Stations of the Cross for Vocations especially on Fridays of Lent, if not daily. Abstain from meat every Friday as required by the precepts of the Church and where possible, offer a fast for some sacrifice daily for 40 days in Lent" (p. 50; cf. pp. 189ff).

While the Daily Spiritual Exercises for Serrans prescribed by the Handbook may seem overwhelming, a Serran need not (and probably should not) immediately tackle the entire list right out of the gate. Lent is the perfect time to introduce one or two of these exercises, with the intention of making them a life-long aspect of our spiritual life. Then next Lent, add another one or two. And then the year after that, add another two, etc., etc.

And if we fall and miss a day (or two or several!) of a specific exercise, we should not let it get us down. Get up and start again. The Catechism of the Catholic Church uses the phrase " orationis dimicatio; the battle of prayer" for a reason.

"Prayer presupposes an effort, a fight against ourselves an the wiles of the Tempter. The battle of prayer is inseperable from the necessary 'spiritual battle' to act habitually according to the Spirit of Christ: we pray as we live, because we live as we pray" (n. 2752).

A Meditation for Lent
Dry. No water in sight. Not for miles.

Hot. The air is so warm you can only find relief from the sweat of your brow.

Barren. No civilization or a single person in sight.

You are hesitant to go through this desert because it looks challenging and a bit frightening. You know the Lord Jesus Christ is going through it and you are determined to follow Him. It will be uncomfortable and at times you may want to give up, but you know you must go.

For forty days the Church will observe the Lenten season, following the Lord in the desert. Through prayer, fasting, and alms-giving, you will purify yourself and accompany the Lord on His journey, all in order to prepare to celebrate the greatest event that would ever happen to mankind. 
~ Agnes Lopes da Silva
The Inheritance of the Saints ( Col . 1:12)
"Each year, the Lenten Season is set before us as a good opportunity for the intensification of prayer and penance, opening hearts to the docile welcoming of the divine will. During Lent, a spiritual journey is outlined for us that prepares us to relive the Great Mystery of the Death and Resurrection of Christ. This is done primarily by listening to the Word of God more devoutly and by practising mortification more generously, thanks to which it is possible to render greater assistance to those in need. 

"Mary, our guide on the Lenten journey, leads all believers [...] to an ever more profound knowledge of Christ dead and risen, who is the ultimate reason for our existence. May she, the faithful servant of her divine Son, together with Saints Ann and Joachim, intercede for each one of us 'now and at the hour of our death'".

~ Pope St John Paul II, "the Great"
Message for Lent (2005), n. 1

Dates to Remember
February Events 

Friday, 2 February 2018 
World Day for Consecrated Life

Monday, 5 February 2018 
@ 6:30pm
Monthly Meeting - Evening
Meeting: San Carlos Cathedral Parish Hall
Guest Speaker: TBA

Wednesday, 7 February 2018 
@ 5pm
Rosary for Vocations (Glorious Mysteries)
Carmel Mission Basilica's 
Blessed Sacrament Chapel

Ash Wednesday, 14 February 2018
"The beginning of the most holy fast of Lent"

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 
@ 5pm
Rosary for Vocations ( Sorrowful Mysteries)
Carmel Mission Basilica's 
Blessed Sacrament Chapel

Saturday, 17 February 2018
Lenten Day of Recollection
St Francis Retreat Center
549 Mission Vineyard Road, San Juan Bautista

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 
@ 5pm
Rosary for Vocations ( Sorrowful Mysteries)
Carmel Mission Basilica's 
Blessed Sacrament Chapel

 Saturday, 24 February 2017
@ 8am CT / 6am PT

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 
@ 5pm
Rosary for Vocations ( Sorrowful Mysteries)
Carmel Mission Basilica's 
Blessed Sacrament Chapel

Mark Your Calendars! 

Sunday, 1 April 2018
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection

Sunday, 8 April 2018
Divine Mercy Sunday

Sunday, 22 April 2018
55th World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Carmel Mission Basilica
Mass with Bishop Garcia
Reception to follow in Crespi Hall

27 June - 1 July 2018
76th Annual International Convention 
Nashville, Tennessee

Sunday, 1 July 2018 
Memorial of Saint Junípero Serra
"Apostle of California" and Patron of Vocations

Sunday, 4 November 2018 
Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo
Patron of the Diocese of Monterey in California,
Titular Patron of San Carlos Cathedral,
Titular Patron of Carmel Mission Basilica, and
Patron of Seminarians

Oremus! Let us Pray...
Serran Prayer 
for Vocations  

O God, Who wills not the death of a sinner, rather that he be converted and live, grant we beseech You through the intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, Saint Joseph, her spouse, Saint Junípero Serra and all the saints, an increase of laborers for your Church, fellow laborers with Christ to spend and consume themselves for souls, through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen. 


Oremus. Let us pray for the repose of the souls of all Serrans who have died.

V/. Eternal rest grant unto them,
O Lord.

R/. And let perpetual light
shine upon them.

V/. May they rest in peace.
R/. Amen. 

V/. May their souls,
and the souls of all
the faithful departed, rest in peace.
R/. Amen. 
Prayer for the Perseverance of Vocations

O God, You have constituted Your only-begotten Son supreme and eternal Priest for the glory of Your Majesty and the salvation of mankind: grant that those whom He has chosen ministers and dispensers of His mysteries may be found faithful in fulfilling the ministry they have received. Amen.

Holy Mary,
Mother of Vocations, 
pray for us

Saint Junípero Serra, 
pray for us

Saint Charles Borromeo,
pray for us
and for our seminarians.


Prayer for Vocations
to Consecrated Life

Holy Father, who, though urging all the faithful to perfect charity,never cease to prompt many to follow more closely in the footsteps of your Son, grant, we pray, that those you have chosen for this special calling may, by their way of life, show to the Church and the world a clear sign of your Kingdom.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

~ The Roman Missal, Third Edition ,
Collect for Vocations to Religious Life.