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I have felt on my heart that Vocation Ministry needed a promotional video from almost the beginning. So few people know what a vocation is, so how can a Vocation Director get people to the workshop without knowing more. I don’t know how many times people show up only because “My pastor asked me to come.” This is awesome that they did so, but wouldn’t it be nice if people knew more about Vocation Ministry?

I even found a company to make this video after interviewing several secular videographers who had no idea what a vocation is or anything about the Catholic Church. Coronation Media out of Emmitsburg, Maryland. The evening I confirmed with them that I wanted them to make the video, I was reading The American Catholic Almanac, which I highly recommend. It has a daily 2-3-page real-life story about a Catholic patriot, saint, rogues, and ordinary people who changed the USA. Anyway, that night the story was about Mount St. Mary’s College, which is where? Emmitsburg, Maryland!!! Crazy! I love Holy Spirit Moments like that.

Unfortunately, making videos is NOT cheap. I needed to get a grant to pay for this. Coming to my rescue is the Serra International Foundation and Knights of Columbus Council 13357 (our St. Cecilia Council). So after many months, The day was upon us, which led to another Holy Spirit Moment.

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47 Promo Video ShootI attended Mass at St. Cecilia at our normal time and recognized a religious sister Catherine Thomas, O. P. from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist from Ann Arbor, MI, in the pew behind me. While speaking with her, I almost asked if she would come today to the shoot and Mass but did not want to intrude on her few days with her family. Fast forward to my sitting in the pew today, lamenting the fact that the religious sister we asked to come to the shoot this morning did not come (not her fault). I look up to see Sr. Catherine Thomas coming out of Adoration!!! A real answer to prayer!!!! She allowed us to videotape her walking up the aisle of the Church and praying. Perfect! God bless you, Sr!

Thank you to those who came to be in the film, Fr. Preston, Leticia Ramirez, Fr. Victor Perez, Sr. Catherine Thomas, O.P., Dr. Joe Trumble, and the pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Houston Monsignor Bill Young. Thank you, Larry Massey, for bringing us sustenance for the day.

Be on the lookout for the video at Vocation Ministry’s FB page sometime in August. Thank you, Coronation Media!!!

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Here is Gary from Coronation Media filming “confession”!

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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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