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Oh, the places I go! While traveling to hold a workshop in the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois, which is just outside of Chicago, Serra US Executive Director John Liston (pictured far right) set up a meeting for me with Fr. Francis Bitterman, the Vocation Director from the Archdiocese of Chicago (pictured in the middle). In all honesty, while excited about the possibilities that could come from this meeting, I figured that Fr. Francis was just being polite in taking the time to meet with me. I was so wrong!

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First, I was not just meeting with Fr. Francis, but also the Associate Vocation Director Fr. Mike (pictured left) and Sr. Lovina, the director of Chicago Archdiocese Vocations Association (CAVA) (pictured second from right)!

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Secondly, when Fr. Francis walked in I noticed that he had a copy of Hundredfold in his hand. Then, when we started to talk, he was quoting the book TO ME! I promise you that is a surreal moment! You would think I would be used to the Holy Spirit knocking my socks off by now, but that was on a whole new level!

As always, God’s timing is perfect! Chicago was just coming out with details about the decline in priests, so my message was embraced whole heartedly! I was invited to come back in the fall to speak to the clergy and then a month later hold a workshop for the parishioners.

After the meeting, we were given a short tour of the Archdiocesan offices which are in what used to be known as High School Seminary. Their chapel was tremendous with stain glass colors that danced around the chapel.

I look forward to meeting parishioners and clergy alike in Chicago in the fall! Please pray for me as I am praying for all of you!

God bless you! 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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