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When you write a book, you never know who, if anyone, is actually going to read it! My prayer was that someone would not only read it, but also start praying for and bringing awareness to vocations at their parish.

Each diocese has a Vocation Director, and in the US, each one received a copy of Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry but not in Canada. I heard nothing for two agonizing months, but in August, I received this email from Canada:


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Summer of Change: Hundredfold arrives!

Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry came out in June of 2015! Writing a book was never my plan. Honestly, I was asked what I could do to help others working in the field of vocations in Houston. I said I would write a pamphlet, a short road map to success. You know just a tri-fold. That weekend, I wrote 27 pages. I no longer had a pamphlet. I kept writing, adding activities that we had done at St. Cecilia.

Praise God, I received a grant to have the booklet edited professionally. Have I mentioned that I am not a writer by trade? I was an English teacher for 6 years prior to my daughter being born, but I had been home, raising two children for 14 years. It has been said that writing a book is like having a baby, and I can tell you that editing a book is like the last trimester of pregnancy when you are so ready for that baby to be born, but you have what seems an interminable time before that beautiful gift from God arrives.

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Rhonda Gruenewald - Vocation Ministry Introduction

Wow! I can't believe that is up and running! This vocation journey has taken me to some crazy places, doing some amazing things, but I never thought I would have a website, writing a book or a blog for that matter.

I would say that the Holy Spirit has an amazing sense of humor taking a person who grew up without faith in her life, bringing her to the Catholic faith, and dropping her into the vocations world. When I think about it, I am blown away. 3½ years ago I did not know what the word vocation meant. Seriously!

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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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