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Wow! I can't believe that vocationministry.com is up and running! This vocation journey has taken me to some crazy places, doing some amazing things, but I never thought I would have a website, writing a book or a blog for that matter.

I would say that the Holy Spirit has an amazing sense of humor taking a person who grew up without faith in her life, bringing her to the Catholic faith, and dropping her into the vocations world. When I think about it, I am blown away. 3½ years ago I did not know what the word vocation meant. Seriously!

From that first meeting with our new parochial vicar Fr. Victor Perez, our Vocation Ministry has struggled like many of you to have enough funding and volunteers at any given time, but God has provided us with so many heavenly kisses that keep us going.

For example, tonight the Serran Club, an international organization that promotes vocations to the priesthood and religious life, invited our ministry to attend Mass and dinner with the 80+ seminarians at St. Mary's Seminary in Houston. What a blessing to be around such holy young men! I feel giddy, and it isn't the wine! These young men are our future priests! God bless our seminarians!

I hope that through vocationministry.com, we can have a continual conversation about what we lay people can do to increase vocations within our church. I do know one thing: We must pray! So, let us pray for vocations together right now.

Lord Jesus, as You once called the first disciples to make them fishers of men, let your sweet invitation continue to resound: Come, follow Me! Give young men and women the grace of responding quickly to Your voice. Support our bishops, priests, and consecrated people in their apostolic labor. Grant perseverance to our seminarians and to all those who are carrying out the ideal of a life totally consecrated to Your service. Mary, Mother of the Church, the model of every vocation, help us to say "Yes" to the Lord Who calls us to cooperate in the divine plan of salvation. Amen.

- Saint John Paul II

God bless each of you! St. Alphonsus Liguori, pray for us!

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One of the surreal events in my life was winning an award from the Serra Club for promoting vocations in our archdiocese and shaking hands with Cardinal DiNardo!

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For a full overview and step-by-step instructions for 50+ vocation activities, buy Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry. Purchase from vianneyvocations.com

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Testimonials

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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