Serra Club Cleveland - East
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Upcoming Serra Events

Regular Meeting Format


Location:   The Chapel at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish

                  1545 South Green Road

                  South Euclid, Ohio 44121


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Event        Time       Description  
Rosary: 5:50 PM Optional attendance prior to Mass  
Mass: 6:15 PM

Celebrant Fr. David Ireland or Guest Celebrant

Dinner: 6:50 PM Buffet style dinner with 2 entrees  
Speaker: 7:15 PM Guest speaker  
Club Business: 7:45 PM

Announcements, Cards to Priests, Other Business

Closing  8:00 Final Prayer and Dismissal  

MArch 11, 2019

Sr. Lisa Novak

Speaker:     To be announced


Format:       Regular




October 8, 2018

Sr. Lisa Novak

Speaker:     Sister Lisa Novak


Format:       Regular


Topic:          Sr. Novak is the Mission Effectiveness Coordinator for the Sisters of Notre Dame.  She has held various positions including elementary school teacher, principal, regional supervisor, College Chair.  Sr. Lisa is also a graduate of St. Gregory the Great grade school.  Join us as we share in Sr. Novak's homecoming and learn more about what the Sisters of Notre Dame are up to.


April 23, 2018

Dr. Paul Murphy

Speaker:     Dr. Paul Murphy


Format:       Regular


Topic:          Paul V. Murphy focuses his research on the religious and cultural history of 16th and 17th century Italy. He is the author of Ruling Peacefully. Cardinal Ercole Gonzaga and Patrician Reform in Sixteenth-Century Italy (CUA Press, 2007) as well as a number of articles and book chapters. His current research is on the work of the Jesuits in Italy, particularly at the pilgrimage site of Loreto. He teaches courses on the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Jesuits. In addition to his work in the department of history, he serves as the Director of the Institute of Catholic Studies and Assistant to the President for University Mission and Identity.


April 9, 2018

Fr. Blazek

Speaker:     Fr. John Blazek


Format:       Regular


Topic:          Fr. Blazek has been a priest for over 50 years.  Join us as Father shares information about his order of the Holy Cross and stories about his long career of service to the Church


October 24, 2016

Jim Brennan

Speaker:     Jim Brennen


Format:       Regular


Topic:          Jim Brennan teaches theology at St. Ignatius High School.  Jim came to St. Ignatius in 1989.  In addition to teaching, Jim also coaches.  We are excited to have Jim join us on October 24.  The link below provides a sample of Jim's passion and committment as he prepared his players for an important game.


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October 10, 2016

Fr. Patrick Schultz

Speaker:     Fr. Patrick Schultz


Format:       Regular


Topic:          TBA

September 26, 2016

Fr. Gary Chmura

Speaker:     Fr. Gary Chmura


Format:       Regular


Topic:          TBA

September 12, 2016

St. Andrew Abbey

Location:             Chapel of St. Andrew Abbey


Format:                Special


Arrival Time:        5:00 PM for Quiet Reflection


Start of Vespers:  5:20 PM


We will join the monks of St. Andrew's Abbey for Vespers and then dinner in the main dining hall. The traditional gathering for dinner with the monks begins with a period of quiet which includes prayer followed by readings from the Rule of St. Benedict.  After the readings and reflections, we will join the monks for food and fellowship.


Spouses of Serrans have traditionally joined us for this event.  Please respond quickly so the monks can have an accurate count for dinner.


July 25, 2016

Fr. Michael Stalla

Speaker:     Fr. Michael Stalla


Format:       Regular


Topic:          Fr. Stalla will talk about his experiences in El Salvador.

July 11, 2016

Fr. Finbar

Speaker:     Fr. Finbar


Format:       Regular


Topic:          Silence, Lectio and the Noise of Faith


Fr. Finbar is currently the Vocation Director at St. Andrew Abbey.  Father was ordained in June of 2011 and has been teachng at Benedictine High School.  He currently teaches Theology and also assists at Assumption Parish in Broadview Heights.

June 27, 2016

Sister Susan Durkin

Speaker:     Sister Susan Durkin


Format:       Regular


Topic:          TBA


During her five decades, Sister Susan Durkin has always held the belief that “God leads you to the right places when you need to be there.” Last June, she was named president of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland. In that position, she not only provides leadership for the religious order, but also oversees the spiritual lives of 177 nuns. Sister Susan serves on the boards of Ursuline College, Beaumont School and Urban Community School.

May 23, 2016

Sister Christine De Vinne

Speaker:     Sister Christine De Vinne


Format:       Regular


Topic:          Saints and the Catholic Tradition


Sister De Vinne serves as the President of Ursuline College.  Sister De Vinne has nearly 20 years of experience in Catholic higher education for women. She had served as a professor, director of Ursuline studies, and dean of the school of arts and sciences at Ursuline. Sister De Vinne was named vice president for academic affairs at Notre Dame of Maryland University in 2010 where she led curricular and faculty development, academic space planning for new and renovated buildings and imaginative recruitment initiatives.


Sister Christine will speak to us about saints in the Catholic Church and the canonization process, with recent examples from the pontificates of Popes Francis, John Paul II and Benedict XIV.

May 9, 2016

Fr. Bernie McAniff

Speaker:     Fr. Bernie McAniff


Format:       Regular


Topic:          Experiences of Service to Young Adults & Others in the Diocese of Cleveland


Fr. Bernie McAniff, S.J. serves as the Assistant Dean of Students at John Carroll University.


Fr. McAniff entered the Society of Jesus in 1992 after working for Kodak for 10 years. As a Jesuit, he studied at Loyola University Chicago, obtaining a Master’s in English.  He taught for three years at Cincinnati’s St. Xavier High School, a cross-state rival of St. Ignatius, Cleveland.  In Boston, he received a Master of Divinity degree from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, plus a Master of Education degree from Harvard.  He was ordained in 2003.  He taught after ordination once more at St. Xavier in Cincinnati and then at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis.


In 2009-2010, Fr. Bernie went to tertianship at Campion Center in Weston, Massachusetts. He was missioned to John Carroll in the Fall of 2010.  Before being named Assistant Dean in August of 2012, Fr. McAniff served for two years as John Carroll’s university chaplain.


Fr. Bernie McAniff, SJ will speak about his ministry as a college Jesuit:  to the students on the green leafy campus that is John Carroll and beyond—to students at Case Western, women religious in the area, and parishioners here and there in Metro Cleveland.  Through his experiences in Cleveland, Fr. Bernie has added to his portfolio by interacting with jail inmates and hospital patients.  He acknowledges the rich resources of the local Catholic diocese as well as the rich Ignatian tradition upon which he and his brothers draw.


April 25, 2016

Speaker:     Dennis Razayeski


Format:       Regular


Topic:          Marian Apparitions and the Catholic Church


The month of May is traditionally a special month of devotion to the Bessed Monther. To prepare ourselves, we are excited to bring Dennis Razayeski to the SERRA Club.


Dennis is currently a Trustee and past President of The Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima, Cleveland.


He has organized numerous conferences on Our Lady of Fatima in Cleveland and addressed many grade school, parish and shrine groups throughout our diocese and the diocese of Youngstown on Our Lady of Fatima.  He has visited 6 Church approved European shrines of

Our Lady.

Dennis is a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in  South Euclid.

He and his dear wife of 51 years, Marchia are parents of 4 sons and a daughter.

April 11, 2016

Fr. William Murphy

Speaker:     Rev. William Murphy S.J.


Format:       Regular


Topic:         Rookie Observations: Discoveries from the Learning Curve


Fr. Murphy will celebrate Mass with us and then speak to us about his new role in promotong vocations.  Prior to his current role, Fr. Murphy served as President of St. Ignatius High School.  Fr. Murphy joined the Jesuits in 1997 and during his early years attended Loyola University then earned an advanced degree from Weston School of Theology before going to teach at Cincinnati's St. Xavier.  He was ordained a priest in 2008.


Fr. Murphy will share with us what he has found in his first year of vocations ministry, both the surprises and the graces.  From that perspective, he will also discuss the implications of how God speaks to all of us.

March 14, 2016

Sister Kendra Bottoms

Speaker:     Sister Kendra Bottoms


Format:       Regular


Topic:         The Call to Religious Life at a Time of Change & Challenge


Sister Kendra will share with us her call to the religious life and her perspectives on religious life in the 21st century.


Sister Kendra graduated from Notre Dame College with a BS in Biology, and From Kent State University with an MA in Biology. She taught Biology, Religion and French at Notre Dame Academy in Chardon, Notre Dame Academy in Middleburg, Virginia, Regina High School in South Euclid, and Notre Dame Cathedral Latin in Chardon.


She currently serves as the director of pastoral care at St. John Medial Center.

February 21, 2016

Speaker:     Breakfast with the Seminarians


Format:       Special - Sunday 


Topic:         Mass and Breakfast with the Seminarians of Borromeo and St. Mary


This traditional annual event is always a special time.  We will join the seminarians for Sunday Mass at 11:00 AM, followed by breakfast.  It is always inspiring to spend time with these young men and learn more about them.


This gathering will replace our regular Monday meeting.

February 8, 2016

Fr. Greg Schaut

Speaker:     Rev. Greg Schaut


Format:       Regular


Topic:         Remembering Joe Schaut


Fr. Greg Schaut has been active serving the Diocese of Cleveland since 1985.  Fr. Greg is also the son of our beloved Serran, Joe Schaut who was an active and important member of SERRA for several decades.

We are pleased to celebrate the life of Joe by having his son, Fr. Greg say Mass with us and then share a little about the life of Joe and the influence that SERRA had on both of their lives.

January 25, 2016

Fr. Mark Hollis

Speaker:     Rev. Mark Hollis


Format:       Regular


Topic:         Theology of the Body


Fr. Hollis is an assistant professor of Pastoral Theology at St. Mary Seminary.  Fr. Hollis graduated from St. Mary in 1972 and has served the Diocese of Cleveland in many capacities.  Prior to St. Mary's he was most recently pastor at St. Francis Xavier parish Fr. Hollis came to St. Mary Seminary in 2009.


Fr. Hollis will say Mass and then speak to us on John Paul II teachings on the "Theology of the Body".

January 11, 2016

Fr. Michael Woost

Speaker:     Rev. Michael Woost


Format:       Regular


Topic:         The Year of Mercy


Fr. Woost is an Associate Professor of Liturgical-Sacramental Theology at St. Mary Seminary.  Fr. Woost will say Mass and then speak to the group. Fr. Woost is a product of Borromeo and St. Mary Seminary.  He also has completed graduate work at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

In 2015, Pope Francis annouced that 2016 would be a "Year of Mercy".  This period is seen by the Church as a as a period for remission of sins and universal pardon, while focusing particularly on God's forgiveness and mercy.


Fr. Woost will teach us more about this extraordinary time in the Catholic Church.

November 23, 2015

Speaker:     Panel of Seminarians


Format:       Regular


Topic:         What Makes a Young Man Enter the Seminary


Fr. Ireland will be celebrating Mass with us.  Following Mass, we are excited to have a group of new seminarians join us for dinner and discussion.  The format will include a panel of semianrians who will be sharing some of the key elements of their vocation decision.  There will also be a moderated question and answer session.

November 9, 2015

Fr. Mark Latcovich

Speaker:     Rev. Mark Latcovich, Ph.D.


Format:       Regular


Topic:         New Seminarians in 2015 and the Formation Process


Fr. Latcovich will say Mass and then update us on the newest members at St. Mary and Borromeo Seminary.  Father will also talk about the formation process and the challanges facing our seminarians.


Fr. Mark A. Latcovich serves as Rector of Borromeo Seminary and Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology. He is a graduate of Borromeo Seminary where he earned a BA in English Literature and Theology in 1977. In 1981, he was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland and received his M.Div from Saint Mary Seminary. In 1986, he also completed an MA in theology from the seminary as well.

October 26, 2015

Junipero Serra

Speaker:        Session on Junipero Serra


Format:          Regular


Topic:            The Life of Junipero Serra


The recent cannonization of Junipero Serra has created quite a spark within SERRA.  A new video on the life of this remarkable saint has been released and SERRA Clubs all over the country are showing this video to advance the cause of the SERRA mission.  After dinner we will view the video and learn what SERRA is doing in the Cleveland diocese and around the country to promote vocations.


October 12, 2015

Fr. Mark Ott

Speaker:             Fr. Mark Ott


Format:               Regular


Topic:                 Praying Your Way Through the Bible


Fr. Ott will celebrate Mass with us and share some ideas on how how to read and pray our way through the bible.  He will also touch on the history of how Catholics have viewed sacred scripture.


Fr. Mark Ott grew up in a big Catholic family - the 6th of 7 children - at St. Francis de Sales parish in Akron.  After a few years of studying Mechanical Engineering at the Universities of Dayton and Akron, Fr. Ott "shifted gears" to study Theology and Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville.  From there, he entered St. Mary Seminary, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Cleveland in 2001.  Fr. Ott was first assigned to serve as Parochial Vicar at St. Mary of the Falls in Olmsted Falls for five years.  After that, Bishop Pilla assigned him to do further graduate studies in Rome, so that he could join the formation faculty at St. Mary Seminary.  Fr. Ott earned his Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in 2010, and he now serves as formator and Scripture professor for the next generation of our priests.  He also serves as a "weekend associate" at Holy Martyrs parish in Medina, and as the spiritual director for the Community of Jesus the Living Mercy, which is a post-abortion counseling ministry.

September 14, 2015

St. Andrew Abbey

Location:             Chapel of St. Andrew Abbey


Format:                Special


Arrival Time:        5:00 PM for Quiet Reflection


Start of Vespers:  5:20 PM


We will join the monks of St. Andrew's Abbey for Vespers and then dinner in the main dining hall. The traditional gathering for dinner with the monks begins with a period of quiet which includes prayer followed by readings from the Rule of St. Benedict.  After the readings and reflections, we will join the monks for food and fellowship.


Spouses of Serrans have traditionally joined us for this event.  Please respond quickly so the monks can have an accurate count for dinner.


July 27, 2015

Fr. Tim Roth

Speaker:     Fr. Tim Roth


Format:       Regular


Topic:         Fr. Roth was ordained in 2014 and recently celebrated his 1st anniversary as a priest in the Diocese of Cleveland.  Join us as Fr. Roth celebrates Mass and shares his experiences as a new priest in the diocese.


July 13, 2015

Speaker:     Fr. Jim Shea S.J.


Format:       Regular


Location:     Gesu Chapel


Topic:         Recently ordained.  Fr. Shea will share his expeience in formation as a Jesuit and as a newly ordained priest.


June 8, 2015

Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald

Speaker:     Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald


Format:       Regular


Topic:         TBD


May 11, 2015

Bishop Neal Buckon

Speaker:     Bishop Neal Buckon


Format:       Regular


Topic:         TBD


April 13, 2015

Fr. Mark Latcovich

Speaker:     Rev. Mark Latcovich, Ph.D.


Format:       Regular


Topic:         Living in the Risen Christ


Fr. Latcovich will offer reflections on the Easter narratives that are used on the Sunday’s of Easter.  He will develop and highlight the spirituality and themes that impact all of us called to live the Easter Joy and witness to the “Power of the Resurrection.

March 9, 2015

Fr. Dave Ireland

Speaker:     Fr. Dave Ireland


Format:       Regular


Topic:         Lenten Spirituality


February 9, 2015

Rev. Gerard Gonda, OSB

Speaker:     Rev. Gerard Gonda, OSB


Format:       Regular


Topic:         The Role of Grandparents with Vocations


January 26, 2015

Professor of Theloogy - John Carroll University Ed Hahnenberg, PhD

Speaker:     Ed Hahnenberg


Format:       Regular


Topic:         The Universal Call to Discipleship


For so many years, Catholics have practically identified the notion of “vocation” with priesthood and religious life. In the process we have forgotten a basic truth: We are all called by God. How might we encourage ministerial vocations by witnessing to a more fundamental vocation, the universal call to discipleship?

January 12, 2015

Fr. Damian Ference

Speaker:     Fr. Damian Ference


Format:       Regular


Topic:         History of Priestly Formation - From the Apostles Until Now


Father Damian Ference is a priest of the diocese of Cleveland.  He serves at Borromeo Seminary in Wickliffe, Ohio as Director of Human Formation and Assistant Professor of Philosophy.


Father Ference graduated from Borromeo Seminary/John Carroll University in 1998, and after earning his M.A. and M.Div. from Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology he was ordained for the diocese of Cleveland in 2003.  He served as parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish in Hudson, Ohio from 2003-2007.  In 2009 he earned his licentiate in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.  Ference has been part of the formation faculty at Borromeo Seminary since 2009.


In addition to writing for Word on Fire, Father Ference has published articles in a wide variety of periodicals, including America, Catholic Universe Bulletin, Commonweal, Dappled Things, Emmanuel,, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Human Development, Pastoral Life, Seminary Journal, The Plain Dealer, The Priest, U.S. Catholic and Worship.  Ference also regularly preaches retreats and parish missions.

November 24, 2014

Fr. Mike McCandless

Speaker:     Fr. Mike McCandless


Format:       Regular


Topic:         Update on Our Seminarians


Fr. McCandless always provides an energetic and inspiring evening.  Join us as Fr. Mike talks about the new class coming into Borromeo and St. Mary.  We will also have one of our seminarians talk about his discernment process and his experience at St. Mary.

November 10, 2014

Fr. John Crawford

Speaker:     Fr. John Crawford


Format:       Regular


Topic:         The Continuity Between the Old and New Testament


Fr. Crawford always provides an insightful evening.  On November 10, Father will talk about the Old and New Testament and the continuity between the texts.  Fr. Crawford will also celebrate Mass.

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