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I shared with you the story about being at the NCDVD conference and meeting Fr. Eric Scanlan, the assistant Vocation Director for the Diocese of Venice, Florida. He was the only priest who I told that I received a grant from the Scanlan Foundation, only to find out afterwards that his name is Fr. Eric Scanlan and his great, great, great aunts donated money for this foundation.



That Holy Spirit moment was one of a few real turning points in my ministry. I felt in my heart that God was affirming the path that Vocation Ministry was takking! Two months after that meeting, Fr. Eric became the Vocation Director and asked me to come to Venice, Florida to hold two workshops. I could not wait to bring this ministry to Florida!

11-Rhonda-and-Bishop-and-FrBesides Venice being in a beautiful part of Florida, along the west coast of the state, the people were so welcoming and ready to do the work of vocations.

Venice’s Bishop Frank Dewane made a point to be at each workshop, explaining why this movement to promote vocations at the parish is much needed! He said that Vocation Ministry is “…a paradigm shift for the way diocese and parishes can work to promote a culture of vocations.” Wow!

After finishing the first workshop, Bishop Dewane asked if I could come back to Venice to inspire the clergy there! YES was my answer!

I am so inspired by the openness to Vocation Ministry around the nation! Thank you, Bishop, Fr. Eric,and the people of Venice, Florida!

Come, Holy Spirit, Come!



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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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