Serra Club of Toronto Central
Diocese and Bishop
Archdiocese of Toronto - Archbishop Thomas Collins
Meeting Times and Location
Club meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Basilicata Cultural Society of Canada, 28 Roytec Rd. Suite 15 Woodbridge, ON, 905-850-1040. (Roytec is located 1 set of lights south of Langstaff and runs east off Weston Rd). Meetings begin with Mass at noon followed by lunch and a speaker. The meeting usually ends at 1:30 pm. Speakers range from priests to religious and lay people who talk on vocations and other topics of interest to Catholics.
An average of 35 members
Annual dues $300 which include cost of meals and membership fees for Serra International.
Annual Club Activities
Participate in annual Toronto Serra Club events: Ordinandi Dinner, Altar Server awards, Priest Appreciation Dinner, Priests' Barbeque, Retired Priests' Luncheons and local Bishop’s luncheons for the clergy in his area.
2013 Ordinandi Dinner
Vocations Awareness Day at York Catholic District School Board - May 3
2012 Ordinandi Dinner
In one of the largest Catholic events of the year, more than 1,900 faithful came out in full force for the 22nd annual Ordinandi Dinner, an opportunity to hear from men on the cusp of priesthood. Organized by the Toronto area Serra Clubs, it's a joyful occasion for our family of faith to support our priests to be and reflect on the vocation each one of us is called to discern in our own journey.
Bishop Hundt Advent Luncheon - December 15, 2010
On Dec. 15, 2010, the Toronto Central Serra Club sponsored a luncheon at Holy Martyrs of Japan Parish in Bradford for those attending the annual Clergy Advent Day of Recollection. Thanks to the culinary expertise of Ralph Chiodo, a luncheon was prepared for approximately one hundred people which included not only the clergy from the Northern Pastoral Region but approximately twenty five Serrans as well. This event has now become an annual undertaking on the part of our club.
Retired Priest's Christmas Party - 2010
As part of the Toronto Central Serra Club mandate we provide transportation for the retired priests in the archdiocese for a monthly luncheon organized by Marisa Rogucki which is usually held at Blessed Sacrament Parish. Pictured are Santa's helpers.
25th Charter Anniversary – October 17, 2010
25 years passes quickly! …… During the past year, the Toronto Central Serra Club marked its silver anniversary as a chartered member of Serra International with all the rights and privileges that come with being part of the worldwide Serra movement. The occasion was marked on October 17, 2010 with a Charter Anniversary Dinner and induction ceremony at the Riviera Parque banquet facility in Vaughan with many special guests including His Excellency, Bishop Peter J. Hundt who welcomed all present and made very moving opening remarks regarding Serra and the very important role that Serra plays in the life of the church in promoting, supporting and encouraging vocations. Approximately 75 persons were welcomed by the evening Master of Ceremonies, George Longo, who was one of the initial charter members and signatories. The 25th Anniversary Address was delivered by Mario Biscardi, the Founding President of the Toronto Central Serra Club and more recently District Governor for Ontario. Mario remains actively involved in all aspects of the Toronto Central Serra Club, including his role as prime organizer and facilitator of the Ordinandi Dinner. Mario provided a nostalgic and historical perspective on the 25 years that have passed since inception for the Toronto Central Serra Club. He also brought some photos and a video of the original charter evening, which brought back memories to some of the founding members present. Past President, Celeste Iacobelli, passed the President’s Pin to our current President, Jerry Hayes, who then gave the President’s Address outlining his expectations and aspirations for our club and the opportunities still to be realized. The evening’s highlight came with the formal induction of those members not yet formally inducted. The following “new” Serrans were formally inducted by His Excellency, Bishop Hundt and new Governor Vince Primucci, in a rich and prayerful invocation ceremony. These Serrans were then recognized and provided with their induction kit and certificates:
The evening concluded with our chaplain, Fr. Donatello Iocco, leading us in closing prayer with the Serra Prayer for Vocations. All in all, a wonderful tribute to 25 years.
A September Meeting with the Sisters of Life
In Sept. 2010, the guest speakers at the Toronto Central Serra Club luncheon meeting were the Sisters of Life. They spoke to us of the tireless work that they do regarding protecting the rights of the unborn.
The Sisters of Life is a contemplative / active religious community of women founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O'Connor for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life. Like all religious communities, we take the three traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. We also are consecrated under a special, fourth vow to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life.
Our missions are carried out with the heart of the Church and with the hope of revealing to those we serve the inherent goodness and beauty of their own lives, so that each person may see and experience the truth that they are an unrepeatable creation of the Master.
VISITATION MISSION IN TORONTO
St. Augustine Convent
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(416) 261-0923 Fax
St. Catherine of Siena
1099 Danforth Ave.
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2010 Ordinandi Dinner
The first Tuesday in March is somewhat of a tradition in the Archdiocese of Toronto. For the last 20 years, the annual Ordinandi Dinner has taken place, providing the soon to be priests from the Archdiocese and beyond the chance to tell their moving vocation stories.
2011 Ordinandi Dinner:
Pearson Convention Center, Brampton, March 1st 2011.
See the pictures (on the Archdiocesan Web site)
Deacon in Formation - Michael Gennaro
A sincere thank you to all Serrans and especially those in my Central Club. Your prayers and good wishes have been overwhelming and greatly appreciated. As a Serran, it is our responsibility to pray daily for vocations. It is especially comforting to know that every day, all around the world, thousands of Serrans are saying thousands of prayers to assist me in my discernment, as my wife Marie and I continue in the diaconate formation program.
List of Officers
- President - Jerry Hayes - email@example.com
- VP-Programs - George Longo - firstname.lastname@example.org
- VP-Vocations - Anthony D'Souza - email@example.com
- VP-Membership - George Damiani - firstname.lastname@example.org
- VP-Communications - Donatella Tiberio-Smith - email@example.com
- Treasurer - George Comisso - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Immediate Past President - Celeste Iacobelli - email@example.com
- Serra Foundation Representative - Vince Primucci - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Trustee - Connie Sanita - email@example.com
- Trustee - William Maramieri - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Trustee - Marino Moscone - email@example.com
- Trustee - Tony Cairo - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chaplain - Fr. Donatello Iocco - email@example.com
President - Jerry Hayes
As the incoming president of the Toronto Central Serra Club for the year 2010-11, I look forward to the many challenges that this role involves. Our club has experienced a small surge of membership growth over the past year which is something that must be maintained well into the future. Providing programs that not only interest the general membership but as well stimulates Serrans to want to actively pursue the promotion of vocation awareness is a goal that all of us should strive to attain.
As a relatively new Serran I will require the assistance of the many experienced Serrans who continue to offer me their support. The path that they have created to establish the wonderful relationships that our club has developed with our clergy will certainly be a model that I will use to its best advantage over the next twelve months. With the help of our membership at large as well as that of the vocations office, hopefully this period can develop into a truly banner year which will form a foundation for further club initiatives for many more years to come.
Chaplain - Fr. Donatello Iocco
Born in Italy, Fr. Donatello Iocco immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of 3. Father first began discerning a call to the priesthood in his mid-twenties after experiencing the love of God through the example of a holy priest. In 2003, Fr. Donatello entered St. Augustine's Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood on May 10, 2008. Father is presently serving the people of God as an associate pastor at St. Clare of Assisi in Woodbridge. He also looks forward to serving as Chaplain for Toronto Central Serra Club.