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Rhonda GruenewaldPeople often refer to me as the “Vocation Lady”! But how did a convert to Catholicism get into Vocations? In 2011, at my home parish Saint Cecilia Catholic Church in Houston, Texas, our newly ordained parochial vicar Father Victor Perez asked me to come to a meeting about priests and such! He was tasked with reviving the parish vocation committee that had been dormant for 5 years. Being a convert, I did not know what he was talking about. Vocations, in the Catholic context, was foreign to me, but after hearing Father Victor's enthusiasm for everything vocation related at that meeting, I was hooked and took over as leader of this new-found Vocation Ministry. I went home to research anything I could about vocations; I found nothing detailed about how to start or revive a committee, so we let the Holy Spirit guide us! I knew one thing early on: I had found my passion in life!

We prayed and promoted vocations any way we could at our parish, from starting Adoration for Vocations to playing pin-the-miter-on-the-Bishop at our parish festival! After 18 months, I was asked how we could place this model of a Vocation Ministry in every parish in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. I said, “Maybe I could write a pamphlet?” The Holy Spirit had much BIGGER plans. 17 months later, the “pamphlet” was a fully published 288-page book with its imprimatur! The goal of Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry and is to provide information, activities, and inspiration to anyone starting, reviving, or refreshing a Vocation Ministry, and to make those ministries thrive. It is designed to inspire parishes to get involved in vocation work, to help new ministries start strong by providing a clear guide to the nuts and bolts of the ministry and to reinvigorate long-standing committees with fresh ideas that attract new workers to his vineyard. Now, the website and the book are in Spanish, too, as Sembrando Semillas.

I love serving the Church by giving diocesan workshops, training deacons, priests and laity how to promote vocations! So far, I have given 75+ workshops in 34 dioceses in from 2015-2018. Whew! When I am not busy working, you can find me either exercising, reading, listening to podcasts, or hanging out with my family, too! David and I have two children Abby and Gabe, so I spend most of my time on my vocation as a wife and vocations to the priesthood, consecrated life, and sacramental marriage! That is how I became known as the “Vocation Lady”! God truly works in mysterious ways using those who say YES!

As an author and founder of Vocation Ministry, a 501 c3 nonprofit, I have been showcased on EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, Sirius/XM Catholic Radio Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd and the Busted Halo Show.

Saint Anthony of Padua was said to be "worn out" doing the work the Lord asked of him before he died. Let us be worn out for Christ, using our gifts to serve his Church.

God bless you in your vocation endeavors. St. Alphonsus Liguori, pray for us!

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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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