Facing the likelihood of an unfavorable court ruling in its legal battle against Serra International, the leaders of the organization’s USA Council plan to form a new, independent organization to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life in the United States.

A poll of local Serra Clubs across the U.S. indicates that most will choose to join the new entity.

Serra International is a lay organization whose objective is to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Its board of trustees passed a resolution to dissolve its USA Council, citing overlapping functions and excessive costs associated with maintaining two separate offices in Chicago, where both entities have their headquarters.

The USA Council refused to cease operations, causing Serra International to file a lawsuit in a Chicago circuit court. The council responded by filing affirmative defenses, saying that even if Serra’s claims were true, the council should not be held responsible.