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State of Priestly Vocations in the US Report

Vocation Ministry, an organization dedicated to supporting and increasing vocations, has published a first-of-its-kind State of Priestly Vocations report that details an accurate picture of what the priestly vocation crisis looks like in the United States.  Highlighting common misconceptions, clarity on the situation, and policies that are affecting the problem, Vocation Ministry hopes the report will provide insights to propel dioceses toward solutions.

Meet the Founder, Rhonda Gruenewald

Rhonda Gruenewald is a passionate convert to Catholicism (1999), a former high school English teacher, and the founder of Vocation Ministry. Vocation Ministry has worked with more than 8,500 vocation promoters and ministries internationally, presenting informational workshops to priests, deacons, and laity, especially educators, on how to establish or revive a vocation ministry in their parish or school.  She is the author of Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry, The Harvest: A Guide to Vocation Ministry in Education, and its accompanying resource book, and she developed the website to provide information, activities, and inspiration. She resides in Houston, TX with her husband and two grown children.

Media Requests

To request an interview with the founder of Vocation Ministry, Rhonda Gruenewald, contact Carrie Kline at [email protected]


Suggested Interview Questions

  • Can you share the origin story of Vocation Ministry, and how, as a layperson, you started it? 
  • How did the State of Priestly Vocations report come to be, and can you describe the data collection and research that went into drafting it? 
  • In your opinion, what are some of the most startling and unique findings? 
  • How do you hope this report will help dioceses? 
  • Where can our audience go to learn more about Vocation Ministry and access the complete report?