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When I was invited to speak at the Vocation Summit for the Diocese of Albany, New York, I was thrilled to go back to this wonderful state to visit some of the most committed Catholics, ready to bring about a culture of vocations!

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What I was not ready for was the 450 people who showed up ready to find out who to bring about more vocations! Bishop Scharfenberger and Fr. Anthony, the Vocations Director, are ready to make a change!

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First, I was so overwhelmed being at the site for the Summit the Shrine of the North American Martyrs.  I wondered why the Holy Spirit had me in South Dakota, where St. Kateri Tekakwitha is revered and referenced often, two weeks prior to coming to her birthplace in Ossernenon, New York. Wow! I was supposed to find out more about her and ask for her intercession.

Secondly, I am normally on the road by myself, so it was a real treat to be one of three presenters. Sam Alzheimer, owner of Vianney Vocations, spoke to the educators and youth ministers. Fr. Tim Birney, the Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Detroit, gave the keynote and spoke to the priests. We had such a wonderful time getting to know the people of Albany and the surrounding areas!

Lastly, I had the distinct honor of speaking to about 300 parishioners representing 300,000 Catholics, my largest crowd yet! I feel that New York, in a particular way, realizes that we are in a vocation crisis and must take action! Thank you, Albany for stepping up in a HUGE way! I hope to see you again soon!

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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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