Always Go Forward Never Turn Back

Paul Keggington

August 27, 2008

img_4518_1420.jpgFather Junipero Serra, the saintly Spanish missionary,  is remembered for this memorable quote and 20,000 Serrans in 46 countries on six continents who meet twice monthly in 1,109 groups, including men and women from a Manitowoc, WI Club, follow his Christ-like zeal by fulfilling their own vocation to service and encouraging others to aspire to the priesthood and religious life.

The five elements of Serra spell the organization’s name:

Spiritual Growth

Encouraging Church Vocations

Religious Education of the Laity

Responsive Lay Leadership

Association in Christian Fellowship

img_4521_1423.jpgSharing a spirit of service, the Manitowoc Serrans invited the Roncalli High School LaSallian Youth to team with them on August 26, 2008 for a special appreciation picnic for the priests and religious in the local area. The event was indeed something special for all the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity that were present, as well as other guests.

img_4524_1426.jpgThe Lasallian Youth derives its name from St. John Baptist de La Salle, the founder of the De La Salle Christian Brothers. One of the founding principles of young people associated with this saint’s name is an awareness and a concern for another’s welfare. 

During the 1960s, a lively movement characterized by an interest in St. John Baptist de La Salle and his principles developed among the students of the Brothers and the young people in Spain. The movement spread to many other areas: Italy, Belgium, France, Latin America, Malta, the Near East, the Phillipines and Quebec, to mention only a few.

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