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I arrived into St. Louis's expecting to educate 270 Vocation Director's from around the nation and 17 other countries about Hundredfold. Even though 200 US Vocation Directors received the book in June, I did not expect that any had read it. Boy, was I wrong!

On Monday night after Mass, I went to the ballroom for dinner. Sam, publisher of Hundredfold and owner of Vianney Vocations, asked me to find new Vocation Directors to speak with at every turn. So, while going through the buffet, I prayed, asking the Holy Spirit to place me exactly where I needed to be. He did not disappoint.

NCDVD1I have to back up for a moment. In my last blog, I told you about hearing from the Vocation Director Fr. Patrick, who said he had read the book that he thought was an answer to prayer. That email was perfectly timed. When you write a book, you just don't know if someone will actually read it and use it the way it was intended.

Now we come back to the convention and dinner. After the prayer, I looked around the room full of 270 priests, a few sisters, and some lay people to find a seat. I love been around priests and religious, but this was intimidating even for me!

The table I selected had a one seat open. Nervously excited, I sat down and introduced myself to the priest on my left and then turned to my right. This friendly face said, “I know who you are! I am Fr. Patrick from London, Ontario." Lord, how good you are! Could this really be happening? Just when I needed affirmation Fr. Patrick was right there.

NCDVD2On Tuesday afternoon we went on over our first excursion! In Glennary-Kennick Seminary where we received a tour, participated in mass and reception. This was only the second seminary I had been on the grounds of, and I felt like I was in Disney World for Vocations, with 270 priests at the seminary. Crazy good!

Along the way I would meet different priests who had either read or know of Hundredfold. Their openness to this new resource was tremendous! Not only that, but when I shared with them that I was already speaking at a convocation of priests for Belleville, IL and flying to the Archdiocese of NY to speak to parishioners, I could see their wheels were spinning in their minds about how I could help them.

I think the Holy Spirit has more for me to do than just write the book!

To be continued…

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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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