July 20, 2016 | Issue 51
Saint Junipero Serra Relic Venerated in Honolulu
A bone fragment of Saint Junipero Serra, housed in a special reliquary and passed down from Serra International president to president.
Serra's vocations mission was featured in the Diocese of Honolulu's monthly Holy Hour for Vocations at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa with the very special presence of a first-class relic of our patron, Saint Junipero Serra, on display for veneration. Attendees received a holy card to touch to the relic so they could create their own personal third-class relic. The holy hour took place on July 6, just five days after Saint Serra's feast day and two days after the Serra International convention in Saint Louis.

Bishop Larry Silva presided over exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by silent prayer, rosary for vocations, and Benediction. 

Honolulu Serran and Serra International trustee Chuck Furr organized the event and gave a talk on Saint Junipero Serra following the holy hour. Refreshments were provided afterward along with an opportunity for attendees to browse exhibits on religious life, different religious orders, and various local religious organizations including the Serra Club of Honolulu and the Knights of Columbus.

College Experience in Vocational Discernment
Thanks to a generous grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and SC Ministry Foundation, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) published this special report: The Impact of College Experiences on Vocational Discernment. How important is campus ministry? What discourages college students from discerning a vocation? What sorts of figures inspired students who went on to follow the religious life to do so? Find out by clicking the link above.

New USA Council Board Installed in Saint Louis
The 2016-2017 USA Council Board

At the Serra International convention in Saint Louis earlier this month, USA Council President Greg Schwietz (front row, second from right) of Omaha, NE, held his inaugural meeting with his board (pictured above, with Executive Director John Liston, back row, fourth from left). Past President John Osterhart of Grand Rapids, MI (front row, far left) concluded a successful year with gratitude and grace. Find out more about President Schwietz's plans for 2016-2017 in the next issue of the Serran magazine, out next month!

Upcoming Events / Faith-full Funnies

July 30, 2016:
International Rosary for Vocations

Nov. 6-12, 2016:
National Vocations Awareness Week

Feb. 5, 2017:
World Day for Consecrated Life

Feb. 16-19, 2017:
Serra Rally, Phoenix, AZ
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