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We are sorely lacking priests from the Hispanic population in the United States. 35% of Catholics identify as Hispanic, but we only have 5% of priests that identify that way. Thus, we have a huge gap and many Spanish-speaking Catholics are ministered to by priests with which they can’t communicate properly. I knew that we needed to reach the Hispanic population at their parishes to bring awareness to the need for more vocations, especially to the priesthood and religious life.

Leticia (middle of the picture below) and I were introduced by her seminarian son, who said to me, “You have to meet my mom!” Leticia Cantú Ramirez, sister of Bishop Cantú from Las Cruces and mother of Fr. Nicolas Ramirez of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and seminarian Jacob Ramirez, has agreed to join me in this effort to promote Ministerios de Vocaciones to Latino Catholics. She has been a part of the Vocation Task Force in a large parish in Houston for years and has given workshops for IBM before teaching and becoming a principal of an elementary school. Leticia is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Houston.

Leticia and familyLeticia and I had an instant connection due to our love of vocations! After a few years, I asked her to help mold my book Hundredfold so that it would speak to the Hispanic population! I did not want a straight translation, but a new edition that would resonate with the people from that culture. During that process, the Holy Spirit prompted me to ask her if she would ever consider holding these workshops, like I was doing, for the Hispanic communities of a diocese.

Thus, the workshop for Sembrando Semillas (Sowing Seeds) was born. I am so thankful that she has joined our mission to create a culture of vocations one parish at a time.

God bless you, one and all! St. Alphonsus Liguori, pray for Leticia!

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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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