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This journey that I am on is filled with Serrans at every twist and turn! The Serra Club is an international lay organization approved by the Church to work and pray for vocations, and its members have been supporting and encouraging me from the very beginning. It was a Serran who said, “How can we do what you have done at St. Cecilia’s all over Houston?”

 

This journey that I am on is filled with Serrans at every twist and turn! The Serra Club is an international lay organization approved by the Church to work and pray for vocations, and its members have been supporting and encouraging me from the very beginning. It was a Serran who said, “How can we do what you have done at St. Cecilia’s all over Houston?”

9-House-of-MemoriesSo, almost 2 years ago, I said I would write a pamphlet, a short road map for how to have a successful parish vocation committee or ministry. Quickly it became a booklet, then a professionally edited, published book with an imprimatur. It has been a crazy ride that the Holy Spirit has had me on, but I am loving this so-called “work!”

Serrans brought me to Nebraska! They set up the workshops with Fr. Neal Hock, the Vocation Director for the Diocese of Grand Island, sponsored my trip, and drove me around the state, many miles! The first workshop in Alliance, Nebraska was 7 hours away from Omaha, so my new best friend Bob drove me around the state.

We stopped in a tiny town to eat, and it was as if this restaurant, House of Memories in St. Paul, was named after my life right now—making amazing memories for vocations!

It was beautiful weather for that drive, and the workshop was scheduled for that night, the first to be on a weeknight. The Diocese of Grand Island is so spread out that people drove 2-3 hours ONE WAY to attend with an impending snow storm blowing in overnight! It was a success!

9-Rhonda-and-priestsThe next day we drove back in an early November blizzard that Bob called a nuisance to Kearney for the second workshop. So the 50 attendees, including Bishop Hanefeldt, had to drive through blowing snow and slush for that event, too, and then back home!

These are the perfect people to do the work of vocations as they persevered through it all, knowing how important this work is to the Church!

God bless you, Nebraskans!

St. Alphonsus Liguori, pray for us!

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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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