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April 8, 2017

Springfield Massachusetts Parishioner WorkshopTraveling on planes 2-3 times a month, delays can happen. I try to look for what opportunity the Holy Spirit is putting in my path during these times. When I was stuck at Dulles in DC for hours, I saw a young man in a collar! I had to speak to him! His name is Brother Domingo, and he is a seminarian for the Legionaries of Christ! Then, he introduces me to Fr. Andrew, LC! When I tell them my story and why I am going to Springfield, Fr. Andrew says, "I know Fr. Victor Perez!" Wow! Love the Holy Spirit!

Though arriving late, I was so excited to stay for the first time at a cloistered convent of Dominican Nuns. Amazing!
The monstrance was so large and radiant! I only saw the sisters when they can to the opening on the left of the monstrance to receive Eucharist. WOW!

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Then, the workshop for the Diocese of Springfield, Mass., was awesome with 80% of their parishes represented! I was surprised to see so many men in the audience. Normally, 75% of attendees at a workshop will be women, but today it was reversed, with only 25% women.

When leaving, a woman said to me that she has attended countless workshops over the year, and this was the first one where she felt fully equipped to make a difference! Come, Holy Spirit, Come!

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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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