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March 11, 2017

Holy Sprit moment! As the plane taxied to the gate, I posted the picture below for the first time on FB with the following caption:

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Vocation Ministry has come to Kansas for the first time! Can you please say a prayer for all those attending the Hundredfold Workshop tonight! St. Alphonsus Liguori, pray for us! — at Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

41 Kansas City 2Little did I know that when I arrived at the venue for me to speak to the 85 parishioners, in front of the podium would be this beautiful bouquet of wheat! Wow!

I just cannot say enough about the people that I met! Some parishes brought posters displaying what they are doing for vocations at their parishes!

One priest was a graphic designer in his professional life before the priesthood, and he took Fr. Victor’s Consecration Prayer and made it into a beautiful 8 x 17-inch postcard with a rosary for vocations on the back. Find it here under Prayer! Download it and use it every month at your meetings!

I was so inspired by the positivity that EVERYONE exuded! What an Archdiocese!

On day two, I spoke with Serrans and Consecrated Sisters! Below you will see the Sisters of Jesus the Lord in red and black who have the charism of evangelizing in parishes and in RUSSIA! You may have even seen them on EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa in the summer. The three younger sisters were skyped in from Russia for his show. I was blown away by their enthusiasm for supporting vocations at parishes.

Sr. Mary Clare and Sister Connie (far right), of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist. While there I stayed with them and 12 other sisters at their mother house in Independence, MO, who have a teaching charism. I had a respite with Jesus during perpetual adoration and daily Mass! They could not have been more kind. Thank you, Jesus, for giving me a glimpse into life at the convent!

St. Alphonsus Liguori, pray for us!

41 Kansas City Consecrated Sisters

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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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