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Just when I think my life can’t get any crazier, it does! I did not plan to write a book, build a website, or travel the nation speaking on vocations. Each day I say to God that I want to do His will! He keeps me super busy!

With all these twists and turns my life has taken since Fr. Victor Perez asked me to attend a meeting about “priests and such” in October of 2011, I need spiritual direction. Though Fr. Victor is not at St. Cecilia anymore, he remains my spiritual guide. At my last session with him a few days after my time in Chicago and Joliet, I told him of my need for a retreat and that I was going to make reservations for one before I see him again in 6 weeks.


Fr. Victor whipped out his cell phone and said, “I just received an email from a parishioner about some awesome retreats near EWTN in Alabama.” I looked them over, but none of them spoke to me.

A few days later I received an email, asking if I would be available to come to Irondale, Alabama to visit the studios of EWTN to sit down with Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. for an hour-long interview. Oh, and it will be a live show! In front of an audience! I may also be able to tape a show of “Bookmark with Doug Keck,” too, while I am there! Come on, I cannot make this stuff up!

I spent the entire day on the phone sharing the good news with friends, family, and Vocation Ministry’s Board of Directors! Everyone was as blown away!

When on the phone with Fr. Victor, sharing the good news, I asked if he could come along to support me spiritually, but he could not be away from his parish during those days. Then, I thought about the fact that he had just a few days earlier told me about retreats by EWTN. Why don’t I take the time that I am at EWTN to retreat, attend daily Mass, Adoration, and tour the amazing grounds? Yes, this will be an amazing retreat!

A few days lafter the first EWTN email, I received an email from a Fr. Mark asking for a radio interview while in town. The only priest by the name of Fr. Mark I could think of was the Vocation Director for Rapid City, South Dakota, but that did not seem quite right. I googled Fr. Mark Mary to find out that he is one of the “Rocking Compadres” on “Life on the Rock,” a TV show I have been watching for years on EWTN! This just keeps getting better!

Tune in April 13, 2016 at 7PM for the live show or the replays on Thursday, April 14 at 12 AM & 8 AM and again on Sunday, April 17, 3 AM! All Times are Central Standard Time.

Please pray for me!





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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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