Serra Club Honors Local Eighth-graders For Vocations Projects
The Serra Club honored 34 eighth-graders from 17 Evansville-area parishes during the annual Vocation Awareness Luncheon on Nov. 6 at the Catholic Center in Evansville. The event coincides with National Vocation Awareness Week, which was held Nov. 5-11, and recognizes students for creating projects that focus on various vocations.
Each year, the Serra Club invites students in Evansville-area parishes to create vocations-related projects. Students whose projects are selected for recognition attend the luncheon and receive awards from the Serra Club. Students are joined by their parents, principals, teachers, religious educators and pastors at the event.
Serra Club president John East welcomed honored guests to the event. Father Bernie Etienne, administrator of the Diocese of Evansville, presented opening remarks, presented awards and posed for photos with the winners. Winning projects ranged in size and scope and included student-created essays, posters, board games, children’s books, paintings, wood carvings and graphic designs.
Steve Dabrowski, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Evansville, gave the keynote address, encouraging all in attendance to change the way they think about vocation.
“Vocation is not just a call,” Dabrowski said. “If you focus only on call, you miss the message. Calls are how things start and beginnings of things are always shallow and ill-defined. In vocation, God wants to lead us to lead us to that which most fulfills us. My definition of vocation is simply the path on which God knows we will be most fulfilled.”
East closed the luncheon with leading attendees in praying the prayer to St. Junipero Serra.
2017 Serra Club Winners:
Sts Peter & Paul
Julie Ann Heldman
Anna Katherine Wampler
St Benedict Cathedral
St. James Haubstadt
St. Joe County
St. John the Baptist
St. Bernard Rockport
Christ the King