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Chicago Priests

Highlights of a great Day 2 in Chicago:

  1. Stayed at Marytown, also known as The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe- amazing! 
  2. Met with Michael Wick and Jenny Drelich to brainstorm ideas to promote religious life 
  3. Had incredible lunch at Ditka's, as in Mike Ditka, Coach of the Chicago Bears with Fr. Francis Bitterman, Vocation Director for Chicago 
  4. Taped a radio show with Fr. Francis all about vocations, of course!
  5. Had delicious deep dish pizza with 12 awesome college seminarians from St. Joseph College Seminary at Loyola University. Please say a Hail Mary for each of them!

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Spokane, Washington

Holy Spirit moment! Leticia and I are on the plane from Denver to Spokane for the Vocation Summit, and the man sitting next to us has a bag that says Catholic Charities of Spokane on it and a gorgeous ring on his finger. Hmmm. I ask if he works for the diocese. He says, "I am Bishop Skylstad." He is Bishop Emeritus, 83 years old, and traveling from Ecuador on official business! Wow! I can only hope to be that active when I am 83!

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Leticia Cantú Ramirez

We are sorely lacking priests from the Hispanic population in the United States. 35% of Catholics identify as Hispanic, but we only have 5% of priests that identify that way. Thus, we have a huge gap and many Spanish-speaking Catholics are ministered to by priests with which they can’t communicate properly. I knew that we needed to reach the Hispanic population at their parishes to bring awareness to the need for more vocations, especially to the priesthood and religious life.

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Peoria, Illinois

January 21, 2017

150 parishioners from Peoria, Illinois, attended the Hundredfold Workshop to find out how to create a vocation-friendly environment!!

Not only was this one of the largest workshops, so far, we had the largest number of religious orders and sisters attend. We need to form relationships with the orders in our diocese to better promote each with such different charisms!

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Great Falls-Billings, Montana

Vocation Ministry has made it to the great white north to speak to the priests of Great Falls-Billings, Montana! This would be my longest priest workshop, so far. Even with the challenges of limited resources and small parishes, the wonderful priests of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings were open and happy to hear how to create a culture of vocations in their parishes!

Bishop Michael Warfal (right) kept affirming the points I was making with the priests, and during breaks, he would recommend books for priest and seminarians that are now on! Thank you, Bishop Warfal!

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ETWN Bookmark

I am so excited to share this with each of you!!! I was honored and humbled to be interviewed by Doug Keck, President and COO of EWTN, for his show Bookmark to discuss my book Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry.

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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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