Off the Shelf 149 – Rhonda Gruenewald
This week we have a special episode just in time for National Vocation Awareness week. Rhonda Gruenewald joins me to discuss her non-profit Vocation Ministry, which she began in her own parish to help bring awareness to the need to cultivate the next generation of priests and religious. We take a look at her incredible book Hundredfold, A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry which lays out an actionable step-by-step plan for parishes to begin their own Vocation Ministry program. Get your copy here.
From the publisher
Rhonda Gruenewald, from her experience of leading a successful Vocation Ministry, has written Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry providing 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 God’s vineyard.
This book gives the reader:
an overview of vocations: why we need to promote good vocations to the priesthood, religious life, and sacramental marriage, and why the parish is the perfect place to promote vocations;
direction on the aspects of administering a Vocation Ministry: praying for its effectiveness, recruiting people to be involved, leading efficient meetings, tapping into additional resources, and funding the ministry;
- a prayerful guide to how to implement up to 55 different vocation activities that involve some aspect of prayer, awareness and education, youth, and affirmation, including step-by-step instructions for each activity, so that a ministry, new or established, has exactly the tools needed to increase vocations from the parish.
Rhonda Gruenewald understands how each parish vocation committee/ministry must reinvent the wheel when it comes to vocation work. Treading her own path for vocations, she has written Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry so that your ministry does not have to start from scratch, making that path easier and more fruitful for you.