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The Rapid City and Ft. Pierre, South Dakota Hundredfold Workshops were a huge success! With only 22,000 Catholics in the diocese of Rapid City, 70 parishioners representing 2/3 of the 64 parishes were in attendance and fired up to promote vocations to the priesthood, religious life, and sacramental marriage!

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Fr. Mark McCormack is an awesome Vocation Director (he is waving in the back of the room in the photo).

Funny story! When Fr. Mark’s assistant Shawna picked me up to go to the workshop, she said we were going to meet Fr. Mark at her house. When we arrive, she drives her Subaru 4-door through a cow pasture. She says, “We have to check on two cows that are ready to give birth.” She hops over the barbed wire fence in her dress pants and carefully side steps cow paddies to check on the cows! This city girl was in shock by the whole thing! Great memory!

Something that I learned from South Dakota is their deep desire to grow spiritually, which comes from their Bishop shepherding them. During the intercessory prayers during EVERY mass, parishioners say the prayer below on the left. Amazing! Then, during the workshop in Rapid City, Fr. Steve, pastor of the host church, changed the prayer for parents and grandparents to say! Wow! Please say these prayers!

St. Alphonsus Liguori, pray for us!

Vocation Prayer from Sioux Falls and Rapid City

Lord Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father and Mary Immaculate, grant to our young people the generosity necessary to follow Your call and the courage required to overcome all obstacles to their vocation. Give the parents that faith, love and spirit of sacrifice which will inspire them to offer their children to God's service and to rejoice whenever one of their children is called to the priesthood and religious life. Let your example and that of Your Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph encourage both young people and parents and let Your grace sustain them. Amen.

Adapted for Parents and Grandparents

Lord Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father and Mary Immaculate, grant to my children/grandchildren the generosity necessary to follow Your call and the courage required to overcome all obstacles to their vocation. Give us that faith, love and spirit of sacrifice which will inspire us to offer our children to God’s service and to rejoice whenever one of our children is called to the priesthood and religious life. Let your example and that of Your Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph encourage both young people and parents and let Your grace sustain all of us. Amen.

 

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For a full overview and step-by-step instructions for 50+ vocation activities, buy Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry. Purchase from vianneyvocations.com

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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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