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Pre-Launch of your Ministry

The earliest stage of a ministry is pre-launch, when the ministry is essentially an idea or a vision. In addition to praying for the ministry, the individual should meet with the priest or pastor who would be administratively in charge of this effort to share what is on his or her heart about making the parish more vocation-minded.



Pray often for your pastor that he is willing to support a Vocation Ministry. Go before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament to beg him to show you exactly how this ministry should look and to send those willing volunteers to help put all of God’s plans into action.

Meet with your pastor to receive his blessing on the ministry.

The potential ministry director should meet with the priest or pastor who would have administrative authority over the ministry to share what is on his or her heart about making the parish more vocation-minded. Having the priest's blessing must be achieved before initiating any activity at the parish or involving parishioners.

For individuals who have never spoken one-on-one with the parish priest, this meeting could be somewhat intimidating. Here are some valuable tips to make that initial meeting a success.

  • Be humble
  • Keep it simple.
  • Present the ministry concept.
  • Ask for his ideas and permission.
  • Offer an alternative.


Contact your closest Serra Club.

Blessed-Junipero-SerraNamed after Blessed Junípero Serra, the Serra Club is an international organization devoted to the promotion of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Founded in Seattle, Washington, in the 1930s, Serra International now has more than eight hundred clubs in thirty-seven countries, with a total membership of more than nineteen thousand men and women.

Serra Clubs have regular meetings during which they specifically pray for vocations. They also give vocation talks at schools and distribute vocation materials. These clubs are a valuable resource for any Vocation Ministry, new or established. At, vocation ministries can find the nearest club, as well as ideas especially encouraged by Serra US to affirm and promote vocations.


Learn more about Serra through my talk with Larry Massey, Governor of Serra District 10 in Galveston-Houston.

Larry Massey explains further how crucial the Serra Club is building up parish Vocation Ministries.


Serra is a valuable resource for any Vocation Ministry, new or established. They give vocation talks at schools and distribute vocation materials. Besides creating and promoting the Traveling Chalice Program and Called by Name, they have resources for other programs that promote vocations.

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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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