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After the reception at the seminary, we boarded buses to various restaurants around St. Louis, and I was with priests from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina. They were so welcoming.

When I was on my way to the restaurant, I struck up a conversation with a young priest. He asked as many had," What inspired me to write this book?" Instead of giving him the shorter version, I shared with him how I received a grant from that Scanlan Foundation to have the book professionally edited, to build the website, and for 400 books for our archdiocese.

fr-scanlanWhen he told me his name was Father Eric Scanlan, I about fell over. What? His great-great-great aunts were the sisters who gave the money to the Archdiocese to have the foundation. However, he had not met anyone who had received a grant but he knew they were still giving out money. It was a true Holy Spirit moment, feeling I was just where I was supposed to be.

On the way back to the bus, I met Fr. David from St. Augustine, Florida, who shared that their diocese already had a 2 year plan in place to introduce Hundredfold into their parishes! Again, I was flabbergasted!

On Thursday morning, I was to give my talk to the convocation of Bellville youth. And whatever could go wrong DID! The AC in the room did not work, so we set up the AV equipment and then were told, with 10 minutes to go, that we were changing rooms. Unfortunately, that room did not have AV equipment, so we had to move all of it from the hot room to the new room and set up everything again. I was so frustrated that I FORGOT to turn on my remote clicker to change the slides! Even with all the challenges, the talk went well, and they were with me! I signed and sold all the books I had brought with me.

After a week of amazing moments, while at the airport, a Vocation Director from Minnesota stopped me to say that he did not have a chance to speak with me during the week but that he had to thank me for writing the book as it was such a gift to the Church. What a way to end the week!

 

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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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