Serra in The Kingdom of Thailand
SERRA was introduced into Thailand in 1980 when Rev. Joseph Clara, chaplain of the Serra club of Hong Kong visited Bangkok and approached Rev. Somsak Thirasak, then Pastor of the Immaculate Conception Church, to form a Serra club in Bangkok. Father Somsak agreed and invited a group of lay men from various parishes to a meeting, thereby forming the first club at the parish of Immaculate Conception Church. The club was formally named the Serra club of Bangkok, with Paul Mary Suvij Suvaruchiporn
Later in 1985, the second club was formed at the parish of St. John’s Church, in Bangkok, a metropolitan area also under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Bangkok. The Serra club of St. John,s School and parishioners of St. John Church. The current SI President, Chainarong Monthienvichienchai, was the club’s first president.
The third one, Serra club of Chiang Mai, was formed in May 1987 at the parish of Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in the northern Chiang Mai Diocese. It was Chartered in October 1989 with 22 Chartered members.
The Board of Serra in Thailand then in aimed to set up least a club in each remaining archdiocese/diocese in the country.
After almost 10 year’s worth of effort, his goal has been achieved by the subsequent establishment of eight more clubs in the remaining archdiocese or diocese of Thailand, .namely:
The SERRA Club of Bang-nok-kwaek in ratchaburi diocese was formed at the parish of Nativity of Our Lady Cathedral in Bang-nok-kwaek, Samut Songkram in June 1992 with 22 members
The Serra club of Chanthaburi in Chanthaburi Diocese, was formed at the parish of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Cathedral in April 1992, was chartered