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April 21, 2018

59 Youngstown OH parishioner workshopMy trip to Youngstown started in Pittsburgh as I flew into their airport! My friend Fr. Michael Ackerman met me at the airport and took me to lunch and on a VERY old cable car to get an incredible view of the city!

59 Youngstown OH parishioner workshop 2Then, we decide to meet the Vocation Director for Youngstown at Sts. John and Paul Parish. Fr. Daniel DiNardo built this beautiful church 3 years before becoming Bishop DiNardo of Sioux City in 1998! Check out his picture!!! Now, you know him as Cardinal DiNardo, President of the USCCB and bishop of Galveston-Houston! What an unexpected blessing visiting one of “His” churches was.

59 Youngstown OH parishioner workshop 3The next day was the parishioner workshop for the Diocese of Youngstown which is ready to explode with vocations! This is my 34th diocese, and this workshop with over 100 attendees inspired in a profound way! For such a small diocese, they came out in full force!

Fr. Chris Luoni led an inspiring time of Adoration for Vocation, and Bishop Murry, S.J. declared a Year of Vocations for the diocese by the end of the workshop!
I met many parishioners and seminarians who are ready to get to work!

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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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