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Did you know that each diocese has a Vocation Director, who has the responsibility to promote vocations in his diocese? Did you know that many of them are also pastors or hold other positions in a diocese?

Vocation Directors from the US and 17 other countries came together in Boston. For me, this is like going to Vocation Disney World, being with 250 Priests dedicated to Christ and bringing about vocations to the priesthood and religious life!

Here are just a few of my many take away moments from this week!

National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors1. Fr-Eric Scanlan, Vocation Director from Venice, Florida, shared with me that when I came in Feb, 2016 only a few Vocation Ministries were going. 9 months later 50% of his parishes have a VM!!!

2. On the bus to visit St. John's seminary in Boston, I met Sr. Anthony Mary, a Sister of Mercy and working at the Office of Vocations in Phoenix. When I told her that I wrote Hundredfold, she said that Bishop Olmstead, who wrote Into the Breach, gave her a copy of my book and asked to read it and DO something using it! What?!?!?

3. Cardinal Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap, of Boston said in his homily, we must CREATE A CULTURE OF VOCATIONS! And we need to let lay people know that encouraging vocations to the priesthood and religious life are EVERYONE's responsibility! Lastly, he was adamant that we have more Hispanic Vocations! These are 3 of my main goals for VM!!!

National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors 24. Then I met Cardinal Sean!

5. Sr. Joseph Andrew, SMME (Ann Arbor Sisters) Vocation Director, spoke about how the priest must rely on and be close to our Blessed Mother. Amazing!

National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors 36. I saw relics of some of the APOSTLES!!!! Sts. Matthew and Thomas, pray for us!

7. As much as I will miss Boston's historical beauty and spreading the word about Vocation Ministry, it is the sounds that I will miss most, the sounds of our shepherds! Most of us never have the opportunity to hear 250 priests saying or singing prayers and hymns in unison! I hope you savor them as much as I will. Please pray for our priests, especially those fishing for men to serve our Church. Until next year NCDVD... St. John Vianney, pray for us!

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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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