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Family Seedbed of Vocations

Religious Life Institute Magazine, All in the Family—Seedbed of Vocations, Nov/Dec 2017

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.”—Mt 5:16

With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming fast, our thoughts naturally turn to our fami- lies. Christ came to us in a family context. The Church is the family of God, and religious communities are families of faith foundedon a charism given to a particular founder or foundress.

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Accentuate Your Charism by Involving Youth

Religious Life Institute Magazine, Accentuate Your Charism by Involving Youth in Loving Service,
Sept/Oct 2017

Many priests and consecrated men and women say that they heard the call to their vocation when they were on a mission trip, working with the poor, or volunteering at a hospital. Serving others gives us a glimpse of pure love. 

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prayer in vocation promotion

Religious Life Institute Magazine, The Importance of Prayer in Vocation Promotion, May/June 2017

With the annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations fast approaching on May 7, 2017, I am reminded of the one thing that Jesus said we are to do about vocations: “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the Master of the Harvest to send out laborers to His vineyard” (Lk 10:2).

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Vocational Discernment on the run

Religious Life Institute Magazine, Vocational Discernment...On the Run!, March/April 2017

Nun Run! Convent Crawl! Monastery March! Whatever the event is called, let your light shine to those who may be interested in joining an institute of consecrated life by inviting them into your convent, monastery, friary or home!

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putting yourself out among the people

Religious Life Institute Magazine, Putting Yourself Out Among the People, January/February 2017

My life changed five years ago. When our new parochial vicar, Fr. Victor Perez, called my husband and me out of the blue one day to come to a meeting about “priests and such,” my life made a drastic and fantastic turn into the world of vocations.

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InnerView interview Rhonda

Religious Life Institute Magazine Interview,
July/August 2016

How did you first get started in promoting the awareness of priestly and religious vocations at the parish level? The call that started it all happened in the fall of 2011. Our brand-new parochial vicar, Fr. Victor Perez, had seen me around campus, at youth retreats and praying...

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the new vocations movement

Serran Magazine Article, Spring 2015 (p. 4)

The duty of any Catholic parish is to help its members fulfill their primary vocation—to grow in holiness. Within this broad context, the Vocation Ministry has a narrower task: to help parishioners discern God’s will for their specific vocations. Let’s focus on enriching the environment for vocations so that the individual parishioners are more open to the call...

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Texas Catholic Herald, Local author’s new book encourages families to promote parish vocations

Rhonda Gruenewald, a parishioner at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, took inspiration from Pope Francis, who said “No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people,” and wrote “Hundredfold, A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry” in an effort to encourage and develop vocation ministries in every parish.

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I think this book will do so much good. I know you wrote it with much prayers and love, and it is a product of your dedicated works in the ministry of vocation. You have blessed our vocation office and the vocation ministry at St Cecilia and here in the Archdiocese abundantly! May the Lord bless you and He abundant fruit to your work!

Fr. Dat Hoang, Former Vocation Director for Archdiocese of Galveston Houston

Vocations to the Priesthood and religious life can only evolve in a culture which nurtures a positive response to God’s calling whether that be in the home, school or church. Without a doubt, a robust parish vocation mission is the perfect means of cultivating such an environment in all three places. Rhonda Gruenewald has developed a full proof method of creating and sustaining a bountiful vocation mission in every parish. Her work is truly the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Margo P. Geddie, Vice President for Communications for Serra US 

This book will be a useful tool for parishes in our Archdiocese and beyond. We frequently have pastors and parishioners who ask for help to initiate or revitalize their parish vocation committees. Having a manual coming from a parish’s practical experiences and with electronic forms available on the website will enable us to respond to their needs. We look forward to having it as a resource as we continue to build a culture of vocations for the sake of our Church and society.

Sr. Anita Brenek, CDP, Associate Director, Office of Vocations Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

To have all of these activities in one well thought out piece with such prayerful consideration and documented practice is a lovely example of Divine inspiration paired with the willingness of servant's hearts in answering His call. This is a beautiful example of what can be done with the collaboration of gifts bestowed to us while listening to the call of our Lord. It will become a gift to many in seeking a clear path to promoting vocations. "Well done, my good and faithful servant" Matthew 25:21. It is a masterpiece!

Anne Shepherd-Knapp, Chairman, Serra US Vocation Committee Deputy Governor, District 10 President, The Serra Club of Spring-1960 Area

The workshop provided practical steps to address a pressing need in our diocese. The wide gamut of possibilities allows large and small parishes to DO something. Rhonda is good at responding to questions and has lots of practical experience, both positive and negative.

Very Reverend Jay Peterson, Vicar General Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

The most beneficial aspects of the workshop are the book, the website and downloadable materials, and the practical nature of “how to”. You were also encouraging in the many ways pastors/priests are trying to encourage vocations.

Monsignor Mark Merdian, Diocese of Peoria, Illinois  

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