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Diocese of Grand Island, NE

This journey that I am on is filled with Serrans at every twist and turn! The Serra Club is an international lay organization approved by the Church to work and pray for vocations, and its members have been supporting and encouraging me from the very beginning. It was a Serran who said, “How can we do what you have done at St. Cecilia’s all over Houston?”

This journey that I am on is filled with Serrans at every twist and turn! The Serra Club is an international lay organization approved by the Church to work and pray for vocations, and its members have been supporting and encouraging me from the very beginning. It was a Serran who said, “How can we do what you have done at St. Cecilia’s all over Houston?”

Rhonda at the House of Memories.So, almost 2 years ago, I said I would write a pamphlet, a short road map for how to have a successful parish vocation committee or ministry. Quickly it became a booklet, then a professionally edited, published book with an imprimatur. It has been a crazy ride that the Holy Spirit has had me on, but I am loving this so-called “work!”

Serrans brought me to Nebraska! They set up the workshops with Fr. Neal Hock, the Vocation Director for the Diocese of Grand Island, sponsored my trip, and drove me around the state, many miles! The first workshop in Alliance, Nebraska was 7 hours away from Omaha, so my new best friend Bob drove me around the state.

We stopped in a tiny town to eat, and it was as if this restaurant, House of Memories in St. Paul, was named after my life right now—making amazing memories for vocations!

It was beautiful weather for that drive, and the workshop was scheduled for that night, the first to be on a weeknight. The Diocese of Grand Island is so spread out that people drove 2-3 hours ONE WAY to attend with an impending snow storm blowing in overnight! It was a success!

Rhonda and priests.The next day we drove back in an early November blizzard that Bob called a nuisance to Kearney for the second workshop. So the 50 attendees, including Bishop Hanefeldt, had to drive through blowing snow and slush for that event, too, and then back home!

These are the perfect people to do the work of vocations as they persevered through it all, knowing how important this work is to the Church!

God bless you, Nebraskans!

St. Alphonsus Liguori, pray for us!