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I had an eye-opening experience when speaking about Vocation Ministry in the Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska! This diocese is size of the state of Texas and a half, has 42 parishes, and 14 priests! 14 priests! Imagine 14 priests traveling the state of Texas and Oklahoma to bring Jesus' healing and Eucharist to parishioners. Many parishioners only see a priest every 2-3 months. Bishop Chad Zielinski flies around the globe, begging (his words) for priests to come to Alaska.

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After my talk, Bishop Zielinski said he could not agree more with the mission of Vocation Ministry and asked all in attendance to get involved, knowing that he was behind them 100%!

26 fairbanks 2The next speaker was Dr. Ray Guarendi (pictured left), from EWTN’s radio show The Dr. Is In, who cracked everyone up! It was a little surreal to have my books next to all of his!

Lastly, I was thinking before Mass How will I get all the books home that I don’t sell. My bags are full! Shortly after that I just had to trust Jesus and focus on the message. After my presentation, a parent of one of the 3 seminarians for this diocese paid for all 40 books so that every parish could have one free! Wow, Holy Spirit, just wow!

26 fairbanks 3Another blessing about this trip was that our family made it a Vocation Vacation! So we were able to visit some amazing sights and experience the beauty of the 49th state- Alaska! We are pictured here with Bishop Chad at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in North Pole, Alaska! fore Mass how will I get all the books home that I don't sell. At some point, I said to myself don't worry about that anymore just focus on the message. Afterwards, a parent of the lone seminarian for Fairbanks paid for all 40 books so that every parish could have one free! Wow, Holy Spirit, just wow! fore Mass how will I get all the books home that I don't sell. At some point, I said to myself don't worry about that anymore just focus on the message. Afterwards, a parent of the lone seminarian for Fairbanks paid for all 40 books so that every parish could have one free! Wow, Holy Spirit, just wow!

Please pray that many parishioners are inspired to start a Vocation Ministry at their parishes. We need a new wave of vocations for this mission diocese. 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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