Saint Junipero Serra (1713-1784)
A Franciscan missionary, Saint Junipero Serra is well-known as the 18th century founder of nine California missions who converted thousands of native Americans to our Catholic faith. Like Father Serra, the Serrans of today put faith into action.
Through meetings, vocational programs, and personal involvement in school, parish and diocesan activities, Serrans accept the challenge of fostering vocations and encouraging spiritual growth.
Father Serra's missions were established along El Camino Real, which linked his Church-centered communities up and down the California coast. By linking clubs throughout the world, Serra International strives to foster and promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life and to further Catholicism by encouraging its members, in fellowship through education, to fulfill their vocations to service.
Father Serra inspires us to become missionaries ourselves as we nurture and support vocations. The St. Serra Club of Des Moines invites you to join us and help carry out this program of renewal by which all Serrans recommit themselves to furthering Serra International's principles and objectives.