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February 10-11, 2017

37 Spokane Washington

Holy Spirit moment! Leticia and I are on the plane from Denver to Spokane for the Vocation Summit, and the man sitting next to us has a bag that says Catholic Charities of Spokane on it and a gorgeous ring on his finger. Hmmm. I ask if he works for the diocese. He says, "I am Bishop Skylstad." He is Bishop Emeritus, 83 years old, and traveling from Ecuador on official business! Wow! I can only hope to be that active when I am 83!

I do not believe in coincidence. When we introduced ourselves, he said, "You are the speaker tomorrow? I can't wait to hear your talk!" Thank you, Holy Spirit!
The Priest Assembly about Forming a Vocation-Friendly Parish went so well! Thank you, Jesus! Bishop Daly was in attendance and affirmed the work we are doing! Wow!

The next day, Leticia and I held workshops, one in English and one is Spanish, for the parishioners of Spokane. It was the first time for Leticia to give a workshop in Spanish. I am so thankful that Fr. Barnett, Rector of Bishop White Seminary and Vocation Director for Spokane, to be the first to say, “We want a workshop in Spanish!”

We even had some Poor Clare Sisters and Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church in the audience! We ended the day in adoration, in thanksgiving and with our petitions for more young people saying YES to the Lord!

Alphonsus Liguori, 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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