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October 27, 2018

Today, I did something new, and the Holy Spirit showed up in a BIG way! I was given the opportunity to speak about Vocation Ministry with all the permanent deacons of the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire and their wives!

Only problem was that the books and resource packets did not arrive for the 80 attendees! The weather must have diverted and delayed the books from arriving. The Vocation Director Fr. Matthew even tried tracking down postal workers for hours to get the boxes of books from the Post Office after hours but no deal.

So, we raffled off the 6 books that we did have. You would have thought that I had given the winners a bar of gold! We made the best of it, and they could not have accepting and encouraging!

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A few days later and a few hours north, we end up at Mill Falls at the Lake, which was a quintessential New England resort.

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This was the nicest place I have ever stayed! Everywhere you looked you were in front of a fireplace that was putting out serious heat. Coming from Houston, Texas, where a fireplace may be needed a handful of times a year, this was AWESOME! I loved every minute of my time there, especially speaking to the priests of New Hampshire, as there is only one diocese in the state. It is tiny in comparison to most dioceses, but the Church has a big heart full of priests. We had an awesome Q & A, talking about everything under the sun that contributes to more vocations! Many priests just need to be inspired to speak about vocations again! Come, Holy Spirit!

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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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