Exciting News!

    Vocation Ministry is putting on its inaugural benefit dinner: MEN IN BLACK: GAME ON! It will be a fun-filled event held on September 10, 2019 at the Bell Tower on 34th Street in Houston, Texas.

    Save the Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    This sensational evening will include dinner, silent & live auctions, a raffle and more. We are honoring Larry W. Massey, Jr. for his outstanding work in vocations, and we are fortunate to have Bishop Brendan Cahill as our auctioneer.


    What is Vocation Ministry?

    Vocation Ministry is a nonprofit that promotes vocations to the priesthood, religious life, and marriage.

    • Unfortunately, only 10-20% of parishes promote vocations, and 3,500 US parishes are without a resident priest; I want to change these stats!
    • Since my book was published in June 2015, I have given 70 diocesan-wide workshops and trained and equipped thousands of priests and parishioners on how to start a vocation ministry at their parish.  This is only the beginning, and I need your help


    How can you help?

    ~Donate to the auction

    The auction committee is looking for vacation homes, theater tickets, sporting event tickets, jewelry, and such. If you would like to make an auction donation, please email MIBSponsor@vocationministry.com.


    ~Make plans to attend

    Tables to the benefit dinner may be purchased by groups of people who share in the cost, by individuals or companies. Sponsor the event by purchasing a table or by underwriting the event. All donations are tax deductible. More details are in the sponsor section at the event website:   www.MenInBlack2019.com

    May is Around the Corner!

      Not only is May a busy time of year in general with confirmations, graduations, and first communions, but this year we have Religious Brothers Day and World Day of Prayer for Vocations falling in this month! If you are new to promoting vocations at your parish, just put a bulletin blurb about the day in the bulletin for Religious Brothers Day. You can add and do more next year. I would encourage you to find some way for your parishioners to pray for vocations on World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Check out the ideas below and share with me how you are celebrating these days! I love to hear new ideas!

      Religious Brothers Day

        May 1, 2019

        Purpose: To bring awareness to religious brothers from the parish/diocese

        ____Blurb for bulletin to bring awareness to the day

        ____Post picture and info in bulletin of any

        ____Make announcement at Masses

        ____Prayer for vocations in the prayers of the faithful

        ____Post picture and info on poster at entrance of the church of brothers from your parish/diocese

        ____Send a care package of practical items to a monastery in your diocese or nearby diocese


        World Day of Prayer for Vocations

          May 12, 2019—Good Shepherd Sunday

          World Day of Prayer for Vocations (May 12, 2019) (Good Shepherd Sunday)

          Purpose: To pray for vocations from your parish/diocese/world in any possible way.

          ____Prayer for Vocations in bulletin

          ____Make announcement at Masses

          ____Prayer for vocations in the prayers of the faithful

          ____Prayer cards handed out after Mass

          ____ Rosary said for vocations before each weekend Mass

          ____ A Family Holy Hour

          ____ Launch Adoration for Vocations

          ____ Launch Traveling Chalice (for those farther along in the phases)

          Go to  www.vocationministry.com — Guide, Phase II, Prayer


          COMING SOON!

            For months I have been developing updated content for a  BRAND NEW WEBSITE! The new website becomes a reality in May only due to a generous benefactor who wanted everyone to have access to these amazing resources! On this new website, you will find:

            • NEW CONTENT: Easier to find content that is updated
            • WORKSHOPS- Weren’t able to be at a Parishioner or Priest Hundredfold Workshop in person? You will be able to watch the workshop and learn how to promote vocations at your parish with a group of volunteers at your parish hall or from the comforts of your own home.
            • VOCATION STORE- The brand new Resource Book, Hundredfold, Vocation Backpacks, Children’s vestments, Priest Bear, Nun Bear, Mass Kits, and more! I can’t wait for you to have these resources for your parish!
            • So much more!!! Stay tuned!

            NEW RESOURCE for men discerning religious life

              A Living Sacrifice

              A Living Sacrifice is a comprehensive guide for men who are discerning God’s call. It serves as both an introduction to religious life as well as a comprehensive guide for discerning vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

              With clear language, engaging examples, and solid theology, the book tackles the big questions: “Should I date while discerning?”  “Should I be a diocesan priest or a religious brother?” “What community should I join?” “What should I expect during formation?” “What is religious life anyway?” and “How do I know for sure if I’m being called?”

              Co-author Fr. Benedict Croell has been called the most successful religious vocation director in America, with over 100 men entering his community during his time of service. (He is now assigned to The Angelicum in Rome.)  Co-author Fr. Andrew Hofer oversaw the initial formation of new brothers and offers both real-life insights and a solid theological foundation. Together, they amass their considerable experience to provide reliable advice during every stage of vocational discernment.

              Importantly,  A Living Sacrifice includes an overview of most forms of religious life in the U.S., as well as contributions from priests and brothers in many different communities, such as the Franciscans, Jesuits, Holy Cross, Norbertines, and many more. While authored by Dominican priests, the book is deliberately written for men discerning  any religious community.

              A Living Sacrifice offers a solid alternative to “cyber discernment” by addressing men’s most common questions in a single volume. Perfect to bring into the chapel to spark a heart-to-heart conversation with Christ.

              Recommended by Cardinal Sarah, Scott Hahn, Curtis Martin, Bishop Andrew Cozzens, Fr. Thomas Nelson, Archbishop Di Noia, Fr. Jeff Eirvin, and many others.

              Keep in Touch!

                Don’t forget to email me back with your stories of triumph or struggle. If you have questions, know that I am here to support you in this mission of Building a Culture of Vocations One Parish at a Time! Email me!

                As always, know that you are in my prayers. If you think of it, please pray for me, too.

                God bless you!

                Rhonda Gruenewald
                Vocation Ministry
                Cell: 281-352-4005

                St. Alphonsus Liguori, Pray For Us!

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