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Davenport, IA Priests and Deacons Workshop

November 5, 2018

I knew the minute I arrived at the Best Western Plus in Davenport that the Priest and Deacon Convocation would be a hit! You just sometimes have a feeling about a place. This was one of those times! Every priest and deacon I met was so happy to have me there.

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Belleville Parishioner Workshop

November 3, 2018

Special story! 3 years ago, I gave my first talk to Priests for the diocese of Belleville, Illinois! They were Diocese #1 out of now 36! Fr. Nicolas Junker, the Vocation Director, took a chance on me, speaking to his priests. I remember shaking in my boots as their bishop was there! I had only met my bishops to this point, so this was intimidating. Let’s get real, it was all intimidating! This convert, speaking to priests! Wait, What?

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Manchester, NH Priests/Deacons

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!

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San Angelo, TX, Parishioner Workshop

May 5, 2018

There is a first time for everything! 100% of attendees of the Hundredfold Workshop in San Angelo said they are Highly Likely to start/continue a Vocation Ministry at their parish!! Praise Him!! I was shocked by the 75+ in attendance, again this is a tiny diocese of 80, 000 Catholics.

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Youngstown, OH, Parishioner Workshop

April 21, 2018

My 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!

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Brooklyn, NY, Parishioner Workshop

April 14, 2018

I was thrilled to be back in New York, promoting vocations. The first time I spoke in New York was the first time I spoke to parishioners about Vocation Ministry! We were at Dunwoodie Seminary in Yonkers, and I was petrified. 2 ½ years later, I have spoken in over 30 other dioceses and no longer consider myself to be a new speaker.

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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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