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April 24-26, 2017

The Archdiocese of St. Louis Serra Clubs, which has vibrant activities, wanted to introduce Vocation Ministry and the book Hundredfold to as many people as possible. So, they brought me in to speak to 400 attendees at the St. Charles Serra Club’s priest and religious appreciation dinner! 400 people, which was the most I have ever spoken to LIVE before! They were so welcoming and thankful to hear the message, especially the parents of seminarians and priests!

I, also, met some Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, who teach throughout the area school. Joyful witnesses to all the meet, these sisters are inspiring future generations of priests and sisters in their classrooms.

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44 St Louis MO 3On my day off, I took a retreat day as I was staying at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. This place is peaceful and inspiring. A Holy Spirit moment happened after morning prayer! Recessing down the aisle is Fr. Mark McCormick, Vocation Director of Rapid City, South Dakota!!! A FB memory reminded me that I was in his diocese one year ago that day speaking with parishioners! Crazy!

Later, I shared the message about VM on Covenant Radio with the remarkable Ann Moloney!

My last day in St. Louis was awesome! I spoke to the St. Louis Serrans and about 30 priests of the Archdiocese! Then, I received a whirlwind tour of Union Station hotel (a must see) and a visit to Mount Grace Convent to say thank you to Jesus in Adoration! There is a "pink sister" always praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament! Thank you, Saint Louis, for the hospitality

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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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