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Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry came out in June of 2015! Writing a book was never my plan. Honestly, I was asked what I could do to help others working in the field of vocations in Houston. I said I would write a pamphlet, a short road map to success. You know just a tri-fold. That weekend, I wrote 27 pages. I no longer had a pamphlet. I kept writing, adding activities that we had done at St. Cecilia.

Praise God, I received a grant to have the booklet edited professionally. Have I mentioned that I am not a writer by trade? I was an English teacher for 6 years prior to my daughter being born, but I had been home, raising two children for 14 years. It has been said that writing a book is like having a baby, and I can tell you that editing a book is like the last trimester of pregnancy when you are so ready for that baby to be born, but you have what seems an interminable time before that beautiful gift from God arrives.

100fold-copiesFinally, the editing was over, and I submitted the book to Vianney Vocations, a Catholic publisher that only publishes vocation-related books, pamphlets, prayer cards, and the like. Waiting that week, waiting to hear back from Vianney Vocations was LONG, but finally when the call came, I had a publisher! It actually came down to another Holy Spirit moment. Vianney Vocations hesitated publishing the book until a friend of their who had been working at her own parish for years for vocations read it and said, “I wish I had this when I was starting a Parish Vocation Ministry.” That sold the deal! Thank you, Lord, for that woman who changed my life!

This was in November, 2014, and I just thought the hard work was over! The publisher, who was now acting as another, final editor, said “Let’s get rid of the first FOUR chapters and start over.” What?!?!? The book is much better because of this purging, but those labor pains were fierce I tell you!

Finally, I finished the actual writing, and the publisher sent it off for a theologian to review for any doctrinal or moral error, and more praying ensued! This was at the end of April, and the book was supposed to be printed in the spring of 2015! We were pushing it!

Thankfully, it received its imprimatur from Bishop Hartmayer, OFM, Diocese of Savannah, Georgia. If writing a book that was granted an imprimatur was not surreal enough, when I actually held a copy of Hundredfold in my hands for the first time in June, I was in disbelief! God is so good! The baby was born! And just like having a baby, the work really just starts when they are born! More about that next time! God bless you! St. Alphonsus Liguori, pray for us!

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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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