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When I arrived back to my room after EWTN Live, my phone had blown up with calls, texts, Facebook posts, and emails. It was great to hear affirmation from so many of you! The best was that my two teenagers were jumping up and down, taking pictures of the TV, and posting it to Snapchat or text. In their eyes, I was finally cool. I thought Now I can retire! I have reached the pinnacle of existence!


I had no time to really soak it all in as I had a 9AM interview with Doug Keck, the President and COO of EWTN, for his show Bookmark that will air in October! When I walked in the studio the next morning after barely making it to mass in the chapel, I was greeted with, “Great show last night!” by several employees. Wow! I was shocked! I expected that from my family and friends but not from those who work at EWTN!

Then, I was led to a different studio for this show, and It was just as I imagined with the lighting crowding in on the library set. Thankfully, Doug was so down to earth, asking me about my story before taping. He was interested from the get go! Then, when we actually started taping the show, he opened MY book, and it was highlighted all over! That was a memorable moment! The COO Doug Keck, who ran EWTN with Mother Angelica, had highlighted my book. Just wow!

19-crossHe asked great questions, and I finally shared my Mother Angelica story with the audience. I could not have been more pleased with it all! I was walking on cloud nine! While that program will not air until October, I will remember what Doug said as he was signing off, “Everyone should promote vocations!”

I came down from cloud nine quickly at the airport when my luggage had to be searched because of my suspicious statues of the Blessed Mother I bought at EWTN! Ha!

On a final note, your prayers were felt in a profound way, and I could not be more thankful for all of you! You were in my prayers each day! God bless you! St. Alphonsus Liguori, pray for us!
God bless you, Doug and EWTN!

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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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