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Signature Vocation Workshop

Vocation Ministry, through its signature workshops in English and Spanish, has trained thousands representing over 4,000 parishes in 50 dioceses on how to create a culture of vocations at their parish so that men and women can more easily answer God’s call. We invite you to partner with us in our mission to positively impact the vocation landscape for generations to come by hosting a workshop in your diocese.

Types of Workshops

Bring Rhonda Gruenewald, founder of Vocation Ministry and author of Hundredfold and The Harvest to create a culture of vocations in your diocese. Specialized workshops offered for:

Catechists

Catholic School Principals

Catholic School Teachers

College Campus Ministers

Homeschools/Co-Ops

Priests

Parishioners

Youth and Young Adult Ministers

Whether in-person or virtual, our signature workshops are fast-paced and interactive, covering a variety of vocation-related topics tailored to the audience.

 

All workshops are also offered in Spanish!

Book A Workshop

Please contact Rhonda at rhonda@vocationministry.com or leticia@vocationministry.com in Spanish for schedule information. In your message, please include your organization (and city), requested date(s), what language is preferred for the event (English, Spanish, or both), and the best contact to get back in touch.

Spanish Parishioner Workshop

This workshop, specifically for laity, covers:

  • What is a Vocation Ministry?
  • Why does every parish need a ministry?
  • What are the goals of the ministry?
  • What does a healthy ministry look like?
  • What kind of activities should a ministry do?
  • What “phases” will a ministry go through?
  • What kind of impact can one parish vocation ministry have?
  • How to emphasize the areas of Prayer, Awareness & Education, Youth, and Affirmation
  • Setting goals for your ministry
  • Vocation days to promote at a parish
  • Diocesan and parish partners
  • Examples and positive impact of vocation-producing parishes and dioceses
  • Commissioning of Vocation Promoters, and more

 

Meet Leticia

Leticia Ramirez is a wife, mother, grandmother, and educator born into an immigrant Catholic family. That family was the seedbed for the growth of her faith and passion for sharing with families about the importance of supporting and promoting vocations in their parishes. In her early marriage, and for the last 37 years, she and her husband have worked in youth ministry, as catechists, and later, on staff for youth retreats. Throughout those years, Leticia and her husband have encouraged youth to discern their vocation and to be open to listening to God’s call for their lives.

leticia with brother bishop cantu.She is also sister of Bishop Cantú from Dioceses San Jose California and mother of three children, a daughter who is married with children, Fr. Nicolas Ramirez of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, and seminarian Jacob Ramirez. She has been a part of the Vocation Task Force in a large parish in Houston for years and has given workshops for IBM before teaching and becoming an administrator of an elementary school. Leticia is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Houston, teaching student teachers. Thankfully, she has agreed to join in this effort to promote Ministerios de Vocaciones to Latino Catholics all over the country.

 

This workshop can be offered virtually and can be adapted to your needs/timeframe.

Catechists

Did you know that year after year, studies find that close to 75% of the newly ordained first considered being a priest between birth and 18 years of age? This statistic emphasizes the absolute necessity to encourage vocations early in life. To inspire more youth to hear God’s call, Rhonda Gruenewald, founder of Vocation Ministry, created a fresh and innovative approach to present the joy of holy vocations to our youth in their everyday environment, which includes catechism classes for many of them. Based on the proven success of Vocation Ministry’s parish-based workshops, Rhonda’s new education-based workshops are specifically designed to encourage, inspire, and equip Catholic educators to create a vocation-friendly environment in their classrooms. One catechist said, “This is the clear roadmap for encouraging vocations in my classroom.”

Join us for a workshop designed just for YOU! It covers:

  • Introduction to Vocation Ministry
  • Why Catechism Classes?
  • Introduction to resources: The Harvest and Vocationministry.com
  • Practical activities for Prayer, Awareness and Education, and Affirmation
  • Days in the Church for vocation promotion
  • What is discernment?
  • Inviting youth to discern
  • Examples of vocation-producing classrooms
  • Saints to inspire!

 

This workshop can be offered virtually and can be adapted to your needs/timeframe. 

College Campus Ministers

Did you know that year after year, studies find that close to 25% of the newly ordained first considered being a priest during their college years? Many more enter seminary or the convent during or directly after college. This statistic emphasizes the absolute necessity to encourage vocations at this time in life.

To inspire more youth to discern God’s call, Rhonda Gruenewald, founder of Vocation Ministry, created a fresh and innovative approach to present the joy of holy vocations to college students. Based on the proven success of Vocation Ministry’s parish-based workshops, Rhonda’s new education-based workshops were specifically designed to encourage, inspire, and equip Catholic campus ministers to create a vocation-friendly environment. One campus minister said, “This is the clear roadmap for encouraging vocations!”

Join us for a workshop designed just for YOU!  The workshop includes:

  • Introduction to Vocation Ministry
  • Why promote vocations during college?
  • Introduction to resources: The Harvest and Vocationministry.com
  • Practical activities for Prayer, Awareness and Education, and Affirmation
  • Days in the Church for vocation promotion
  • What is discernment?
  • Inviting youth to discern
  • Examples of vocation-producing campuses
  • Saints to inspire!

 

This workshop can be offered virtually and can be adapted to your needs/timeframe.

Catholic School Principals 

Did you know that year after year, studies find that close to 75% of the newly ordained first considered being a priest between birth and 18 years of age? This statistic emphasizes the absolute necessity to encourage vocations early in life. To inspire more youth to hear God’s call, Rhonda Gruenewald, founder of Vocation Ministry, created a fresh and innovative approach to present the joy of holy vocations to our youth in their everyday environment. Based on the proven success of Vocation Ministry’s parish-based workshops, Rhonda’s new education-based workshops were specifically designed to encourage, inspire, and equip Catholic educators to create a vocation-friendly environment in classrooms and campus ministries. One teacher said, “This is the clear roadmap for encouraging vocations in my classroom.”

Join us for a workshop designed just for YOU!

  • Introduction to Vocation Ministry
  • Why do we need a vocation ministry/committee in every Catholic school?
  • Introduction to resources: The Harvest and Vocationministry.com
  • Practical school-wide activities for Prayer, Awareness and Education, and Affirmation
  • Starting small
  • Days in the Church for vocation promotion
  • What is discernment?
  • Inviting youth to discern
  • Examples and positive impact of vocation-producing schools
  • Saints to inspire!

Feedback from Principals:

“You have presented the most comprehensive overview of how to get all our children on board to truly seeing vocations…K-12… that I have ever seen.” – Principal, Diocese of Toledo

 

This workshop can be offered virtually and can be adapted to your needs/timeframe.

Catholic School Teachers

Did you know that year after year, studies find that close to 75% of the newly ordained first considered being a priest between birth and 18 years of age? This statistic emphasizes the absolute necessity to encourage vocations early in life. To inspire more youth to hear God’s call, Rhonda Gruenewald, founder of Vocation Ministry, created a fresh and innovative approach to present the joy of holy vocations to our youth in their everyday environment. Based on the proven success of Vocation Ministry’s parish-based workshops, Rhonda’s new education-based workshops were specifically designed to encourage, inspire, and equip Catholic educators to create a vocation-friendly environment in classrooms and campus ministries. One teacher said, “This is the clear roadmap for encouraging vocations in my classroom.”

Join us for a workshop designed just for YOU! It includes:

  • Introduction to Vocation Ministry
  • Why do we need to promote vocations in every classroom?
  • Introduction to resources: The Harvest and Vocationministry.com
  • Practical classroom activities for Prayer, Awareness and Education, and Affirmation
  • Starting small
  • Days in the Church for vocation promotion
  • What is discernment?
  • Inviting youth to discern
  • Examples and positive impact of vocation-producing classrooms
  • Saints to inspire!

Teacher Feedback:

“This presentation opened my eyes to the fact that teachers play an important role in helping children discern their vocational calling. I really like the practical ideas for the classroom. They are simple and easy to incorporate, yet profoundly meaningful.” –Deb, Diocese of Syracuse

“I loved Rhonda Gruenewald’s enthusiasm, knowledge, and zeal for what she does. She gave practical ideas, a clear framework for classroom teachers to follow, and did not shy away from some of the hard topics that were asked at the end of her Q and A session. I loved her presentation and appreciated her ideas.” -Eillen, Diocese of Syracuse

 

This workshop can be offered virtually and can be adapted to your needs/timeframe.

Homeschools/Co-Ops

Did you know that year after year, studies find that close to 75% of the newly ordained first considered being a priest between birth and 18 years of age? This statistic emphasizes the absolute necessity to encourage vocations early in life. To inspire more youth to hear God’s call, Rhonda Gruenewald, founder of Vocation Ministry, created a fresh and innovative approach to present the joy of holy vocations to our youth in their everyday environment: home. Based on the proven success of Vocation Ministry’s parish-based workshops, Rhonda’s new education-based workshops were specifically designed to encourage, inspire, and equip Catholic home school educators to create a vocation-friendly environment in their home classrooms. One teacher said, “This is the clear roadmap for encouraging vocations in my classroom.”

Join us for a workshop designed just for YOU! It includes:

  • Introduction to Vocation Ministry
  • Why promote vocations in a homeschool environment?
  • Introduction to resources: The Harvest and Vocationministry.com
  • Practical classroom activities for Prayer, Awareness and Education, and Affirmation
  • Starting small
  • Days in the Church for vocation promotion
  • What is discernment?
  • Inviting youth to discern
  • Saints to inspire!

This workshop can be offered virtually and can be adapted to your needs/timeframe.

Parishioners

new york audience at a vocation ministry workshop.

Vocation Ministry focuses on a variety of tools to inspire the faithful to get involved by starting a vocation ministry at their parish, including the
books Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry and its Spanish-language counterpart Sembrando Semillas, along with the website vocationministry.com. A survey in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston found that 80 percent of seminarians came from the 20 percent of parishes that actively promote vocations. This information should bolt our parishes into action!

Vocation Ministry seeks to have every parish in a diocese praying for and promoting vocations so that discernment is encouraged on an on-going
basis. Vocation Ministry‘s fast-paced workshop inspires laity to begin Parish Vocation Ministries. She covers:

  • What is a Vocation Ministry?
  • Why do we need one at every parish?
  • What are the goals of the ministry?
  • What does a healthy ministry look like?
  • What kind of activities should we do?
  • What “phases” will we go through?
  • How do we sustain the ministry?
  • How to emphasize the areas of Prayer, Awareness & Education, Youth, and Affirmation
  • Setting goals for your ministry
  • Vocation days to promote at a parish
  • Diocesan and parish partners
  • Inviting young people to discern
  • Examples and positive impact of vocation-producing parishes and dioceses
  • Commissioning of Vocation Promoters and more

 

Parishioner Feedback

“The Complete Package- It was ‘Vocation Ministry in a Box’ I felt someone who is inexperienced but moved by the Holy Spirit could pick this up and run with it!” –Anonymous

“Knowing nothing about this ministry, I feel that we received such valuable information from such a dynamic speaker, who is so very passionate about vocations!” –Barbara Randolf, Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas

“The Hundredfold seminar has been an answer to our prayer and our group has been so blessed and honored to be in attendance. With your encouragement and easy guide on each phase has led our Vocation Committee to take our first ‘baby’ step in initiating our first project.” -Heather (Agnes) Kim

 

Vocation Director Feedback

“Hosting the “Hundredfold Workshop” has made a definite impact on our vocation promotion efforts. Within just four months of the Workshop, some parishes are already doing things they did not do before.” –Fr. Joseph Sia, Diocese of Davenport, Vocation Director

“Rhonda offered effective workshops to our priests and deacons which inspired them to invite over 220 laypeople from parishes and schools across the diocese. As Vocations Director, I am very aware that the work of promoting vocations is too big a job for any one person or group of people. I now have a whole army of people across the diocese who are sustaining our work in prayer, actively finding ways to promote a culture of vocations in their local communities.” –Fr. Matt Mason, Diocese of Manchester, Vocation Director

 

This workshop can be offered virtually and can be adapted to your needs/timeframe.

Priests

Vocation Ministry focuses on a variety of tools to inspire the priest to start a lay-led vocation ministry at their parish, including the books Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry and its Spanish-language counterpart Sembrando Semillas, along with the website vocationministry.com. A survey in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston found that 80 percent of seminarians came from the 20 percent of parishes that actively promote vocations. This information should bolt our priests into action.

Vocation Ministry seeks to have every priest speaking about vocations regularly, showing the authentic joy of his vocation, inviting the youth of his parish to discern, and supporting the laity in their efforts to promote vocations. Vocation Ministry‘s fast-paced workshop covers:

  • What is a vocation ministry?
  • Why the parish is the best place for this ministry/committee
  • What are the goals of the ministry?
  • What does a healthy ministry look like?
  • What kind of activities should we do?
  • What “phases” will we go through?
  • Days to promote vocations
  • How to emphasize the areas of Prayer, Awareness & Education, Youth, and Affirmation

Additional topics for clergy presentations include:

  • How clergy can best guide the ministry
  • Finding the right parishioner to direct the ministry
  • Elements of a vocation-producing parish
  • How to invite young people to discern their vocation
  • Examples and positive impact of vocation-producing parishes and dioceses

Clergy Feedback

“The best convocation we have had!” –A Priest from the Diocese of Amarillo, TX

“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.” –Very Reverend Jay Peterson, Vicar General, Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana

“It was beneficial for our priests to be both challenged to promote parish vocation ministry and equipped with materials and ideas that they can pass on to their people.” –Monsignor Paul Hudock, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, WV

 

This workshop can be offered virtually and can be adapted to your needs/timeframe.

Youth & Young Adult Ministers

Did you know that year after year, studies find that close to 75% of the newly ordained first considered being a priest between birth and 18 years of age? This statistic emphasizes the absolute necessity to encourage vocations early in life. To inspire more youth to hear God’s call and to normalize discernment, Rhonda Gruenewald, founder of Vocation Ministry, created a fresh and innovative approach to present the joy of holy vocations to our youth in their everyday environment. Based on the proven success of Vocation Ministry’s parish-based workshops, Vocation Ministry’s new education-based workshops were specifically designed to encourage, inspire, and equip youth ministers to create a vocation-friendly environment. One teacher said, “This is the clear roadmap for encouraging vocations in my classroom.”

Join us for a workshop designed just for YOU! It covers:

  • Introduction to Vocation Ministry
  • Practical activities for Prayer, Awareness and Education, and Affirmation
  • Starting small
  • Days in the Church for vocation promotion
  • Why youth ministry is key to discernment?
  • Inviting youth to discern
  • Saints to inspire!

 

This workshop can be offered virtually and can be adapted to your needs/timeframe.

Diocesan Partners

Vocation Ministry has worked with these and other dioceses to help build a culture of vocations. Let us help you as well!

List of All Dioceses (PDF)

Portland, OR

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New York

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Grand Island

grand island diocese crest.