Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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Tri-Cities Serra Club enjoys four years of steady growth
the Inland Register
(From the Oct. 21, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)
Officers of the Tri-Cities Serra Club, from left, include Dick Krcma (trustee), Bill and Margaret Davis (program chairmen), Father John Birk (spiritual director), Louise St. Hilaire (vocations program), Jim and Joan Toth (newsletter), Trudy Vincent (trustee), and Dor Collado (president). Not pictured: Gabrielle Bauer (secretary), Maria Weiss (treasurer), Jim McConnell (membership chairman), and Dick Petersen (trustee). (IR photo from the Tri-Cities Serra Club)
Although the Spokane chapter of the Serra Club has a claim to fame – Spokane is the second chapter founded of the now-international organization – the Tri-Cities chapter has some defining characteristics of its own.
The Tri-Cities group hails from two different dioceses and three different cities.
Serrans are devoted to encouraging vocations to the priesthood and Religious life, and fostering the spirituality of individual members.
Marge Derouin is especially credited with being a force behind the group, at least in part as the result of her brother, a member of Wichita’s Serra Club.
Parishioner contact led to an informational gathering and dinner at St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, with a hearty area response. The result: a new branch of the Serra Club, with 44 members, chartered Oct. 17, 2000.
The Tri-Cities – Pasco in the Spokane Diocese, and Kenne-wick and Richland falling in the Yakima Diocese – boasts four parishes, with another two parishes in nearby rural areas. The Serrans alternate their First Saturday Masses among the parishes, including the rural communities. On the third Tuesday evening of each month, the group gathers for dinner, sometimes in a restaurant, sometimes hosted at home by a member.
Father John Birk, a chaplain at Lourdes Health Center in Pasco, is the group’s chaplain. He writes a message for the monthly newsletter and is a consistent presence at Club gatherings.
Besides their own member gatherings, the Tri-Cities Serrans have hosted picnics for seminarians, and participate in the Adopt-A-Priest/Adopt-A-Seminarian program, offering support to priests and those discerning a vocation to priesthood.