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3/20/2012 9:08:00 AM
Serra Club supports seminarians - how else? - with warm meal
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Seminarians gather with Father John Henderson at Serra Club dinner.
Serra Club of Portland photo
Seminarians gather with Father John Henderson at Serra Club dinner.

The Portland Serra Club each year hosts a dinner for Portland Archdiocese seminarians. This year’s event was held in January at St. Patrick Parish.

The event drew seminarians, family and Serrans — 70 people in all.

Currently the archdiocese has 50 seminarians — all of whom are invited. Mount Angel is the main seminary for the archdiocese, but there are also seminarians attending St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, Calif; Sacred Heart Seminary in Hales Corner, Wis. and The Pontifical North American in Rome.

Most who can attend are from Mount Angel Seminary. But the Serra Club received grateful responses to the invitation from other seminarians. Manuel Becerra, who is at St. Patrick's, wrote: “I have had the opportunity to be there some years and it has been a wonderful time. Thank you so much for your invitation. God bless you!”

Timothy Furlow, who is studying at the Pontifical North American College in Vatican City, replied: “On behalf of all of the Roman seminarians for the Archdiocese of Portland I would just like to thank you for all your good work and especially for the wonderful dinner that you host every year at St. Patrick's. I was able to attend last year and it was truly a blessing. Though we will not be able to make the journey back this year please know that we remain quite thankful and count it an honor to be included in your thoughts and prayers. May the Lord bless you for all you have done and continue to do for us.”

Father John Henderson, vocations director for the archdiocese, is also chaplain of the Serra Club of Portland.

Serra's mission is to foster and affirm vocations to the ministerial priesthood and vowed religious life in the US, and through the ministry, to further members’ faith. 

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