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Written by Pete Sheehan   
Friday, 26 January 2018 12:02

After a half-century as The Serra Club, a local organization promoting and supporting priestly and religious vocations has taken on a new name for the New Year.


“We’ll now be known as the Youngstown Vocations Support Society,” said Joe Nudo, president, at the society’s Jan. 4 dinner meeting at the MVR in Youngstown. The gathering honored diocesan seminarians and their families as well as priests who were celebrating birthdays during January.

“We have the same work, the same goals – promote vocations to the priesthood, support priests and seminarians and support religious,” said Nudo, who has been involved in this effort for two decades.

The separation with Serra International, an organization founded to honor St. Junipero Serra, an early 18th century Spanish Franciscan missionary to California, did not come easy, Nudo said.

He recalled how happy and proud the local organization’s members were when Pope Francis canonized Father Serra in 2015 during his visit to the United States. The group had scheduled one of its regular meetings to coincide with the canonization so that the members could watch the ceremony on TV together.

The organization’s leadership began thinking about withdrawing from the larger group more than a year ago due to Serra International’s requiring a greater financial commitment. After much thought and prayer, they received permission from Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., Nudo said.

“It’s a friendly parting,” the local president explained. “Father Serra will still be our patron saint – along with St. John Vianney, and the Blessed Mother. We’ll still pray to him.”

At the dinner, Nudo introduced all of the diocesan seminarians present as well as their families. “What you are doing is hard and we are happy to help support you and pray for you.”

Each seminarian expressed gratitude for the prayers and other support that the organization provides for seminarians.

Marcy Sebest, a staff member at Ursuline High School here and mother of second-year college seminarian Jack Sebest, also thanked the members. “As a mother, I appreciate the support for my son.”

Several priests present, including Father John Trimbur, a part-time chaplain at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, also thanked the members for their support.

“We love receiving support from all of you,” said Dominican Father Bernard Timothy, associate pastor of St. Dominic Parish here. “It’s a great blessing to be here in Youngstown.”

The organization also presented a hat with the diocesan logo, a scarf, and gloves to all new seminarians, as well as gift cards to the seminarians present.

In addition, Nudo noted that the Youngstown Vocations Support Society will promote the “One Extra Mass a Month Club” in diocesan parishes – whereby members attend Mass one extra day each month, on the date of their choice, to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

The organization will continue to sponsor such special events as the seminarians’ Christmas dinner, receptions after the Mass for Consecrated Life and ordinations, a member day of reflection, the seminarians’ picnic, and the annual play at Trumbull New Theater, Niles – a fund-raiser for the organization.

The society will also continue supporting Priesthood Sunday each year and sending greetings to all the priests in the diocese on the anniversary of their ordination.

As before, the organization will meet twice a month – with a monthly dinner meeting and speaker at the MVR and a monthly business meeting at Boardman St. Charles Parish.

For more information, contact Nudo at 330-758-4467 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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