A comprehensive manual on how to start and sustain an effective Vocation Ministry in the typical Catholic parish.

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Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry, by Rhonda Gruenewald


Hundredfold is the definitive handbook for promoting vocations in Catholic parishes.

Hundredfold Activity Poster Web

Each copy of Hundredfold comes with a poster with information about each of the book’s 57 activities

The book provides step-by-step guidance on how to carry out dozens of vocation-oriented activities, from powerful Holy Hours to innovative ways to support seminarians and inspire altar servers. It’s written for ordinary Catholics in ordinary parishes who want to inspire an extraordinary new generation of priests and religious.

Hundredfold goes beyond the nuts-and-bolts of simply running vocation activities, offering wisdom about how to start and sustain a healthy ministry. The author describes each phase of developing a strong vocations ministry, from start up to maturation. For example, if readers are starting a brand-new committee, they’ll form realistic expectations about what they can accomplish in the first couple of years. Existing committees, such as longstanding Serra Clubs, will gain a new vision and fresh ideas for their continued ministry.

The book is supported by a dynamic website,, full of practical ideas, materials, videos, and other resources that can be downloaded and customized for each parish. For example, readers will be able to easily access prayer cards, bulletin inserts, coloring pages, and more.

Whether you’re working with a few people in your home parish, or are part of a network of vocation committees in your diocese, Hundredfold is a goldmine of real-life wisdom and practical ideas.

Nihil obstat: Rev. Douglas K. Clark, STL
Imprimatur: Most Rev. Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., D.D., Diocese of Savannah

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“Every parish should be actively supporting the call to priesthood and consecrated life. Hundredfold is an excellent resource offering activities for parishes that are inspiring and easy to use.”
Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmstead, Bishop of Phoenix

“Good vocations flourish in good families—and good families flourish in good parishes. Thank you, Rhonda, for the inspiration of Hundredfold!
Sr. Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, OP Vocation Director for Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

Hundredfold is a tremendously useful resource for promoting vocations at the parish and school level. It inspires both pastors and laity engaged in the work of vocations. We give a copy of this book to every parish in the diocese.”
Fr. J.D. Jaffe, Director of the Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Arlington

Hundredfold is filled with ideas and activities to help Catholics live their own vocations and help others discern their vocations. It’s a wonderful resource for Serrans and parish vocation ministries.”
John Liston, Executive Director, Serra International

“Thank you for this fantastic book that has guided our Vocation Committee every step of the way! Our prayers have been answered through this book!”
Laurie Hervert, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Ord, NE

“Rhonda Gruenewald has developed a fool-proof method of creating and sustaining a bountiful vocation mission in every parish. Her work is truly the fruit of the Holy Spirit!”
Margo P. Geddie, Serra International Board

“We frequently have pastors and parishioners who ask for help to initiate or revitalize their parish vocation committees. Having a manual coming from a parish’s practical experiences and with electronic forms available on the website will enable us to respond to their needs. We look forward to having it as a resource as we continue to build a culture of vocations for the sake of our Church and society.”
Sr. Anita Brenek, CDP Associate Director, Office of Vocations Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

“To have all of these activities in one well-written piece with such prayerful advice and documented practice is a lovely example of divine inspiration paired with the willingness of a servant’s heart. This is a true gift for anyone seeking a clear path to promote vocations.”
Anne Shepherd-Knapp, Chairman, Serra US Vocation Committee

“This book was written with much prayer and love, and will do tremendous good for those working to inspire vocations in Catholic parishes.”
Fr. Dat Hoang, Former Vocation Director, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

“This is an amazing “how to” manual for pastors and parishioners wanting to raise awareness of vocations in their parishes.”
Kurt Metyko, Serra International Board

Foreword by Fr. Brett Brannen



Chapter 1: The Mission

Why in the Parish?

The Ideal Vocation-minded Parish

How to Interact with Discerning Young People

My Own Story

Patron Saint of Vocations: St. Alphonsus Liguori


Chapter 2: Foundation & Organization

Prayer is the Foundation

Membership in Your Vocation Ministry


Member Retention

Ongoing Formation

Administrative Aspects

Partners in Vocation Ministry

Saint Junípero Serra


Chapter 3: Phases of a Vocation Ministry

Pre-launch: Preparing to Serve

Phase I: Laying the Groundwork

Phase II: Establishing a Presence

Phase III: Spreading the Word

Phase IV: Expanding the Ministry’s Reach

The Power of Prayer: The Mothers of Lu, Italy



Chapter 4: Prayer Activities

Phase I

Activity 1—Consecration

Activity 2—Intercession

Activity 3—Prayer Drive

Phase II

Activity 4—Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations

Activity 5—Prayer Cards for Vocations

Activity 6—Spiritual Bouquets

Activity 7—World Day of Prayer for Vocations (Parish)

Phase III

Activity 8—Let the Children Come to Me

Activity 9—Traveling Vocations Chalice Program

Activity 10—Traveling Vocations Cross Program

Phase IV

Activity 11—Family Holy Hour for Vocations

Activity 12—Pray for Seminarian Cards

Activity 13—Spiritual Adoption Program

Activity 14—World Day of Prayer for Vocations (Diocese)


Chapter 5: Awareness and Education Activities

Phase I

Activity 15—Book Rack Materials

Activity 16—Bulletin

Activity 17—Discerner’s Packet

Activity 18—Promotional Materials

Phase II

Activity 19—Festival Table

Activity 20—Ministry Fair Table

Activity 21—World Day for Consecrated Life

Phase III

Activity 22—Called By Name

Activity 23—Fish Fry for Vocations

Activity 24—To Save a Thousand Souls

Activity 25—Melchizedek Project

Activity 26—Invite Seminarians to Special Events

Phase IV

Activity 27—Inspirational Exhibit

Activity 28—Speaking Events on Marriage


Chapter 6: Youth Activities 127

Phase I

Activity 29—The Newman Connection

Phase II

Activity 30—Altar Server Recognition Mass

Activity 31—Art Contest

Activity 32—Children’s Mass Kit

Activity 33—Christmas Carols

Activity 34—Classroom Visits

Activity 35—Panel Discussion

Activity 36—Reunion Mass and Reception

Activity 37—National Vocation Awareness Week

Activity 38—Table Tents

Activity 39—Vocations Jeopardy

Activity 40—Vocation Video

Activity 41—Walking Rosary for Vocations

Phase III

Activity 42—Altar Server Lunch With Priests

Activity 43—Seminarian Trading Cards

Phase IV

Activity 44—Altar Server Celebration

Activity 45—Altar Server Day at Seminary


Chapter 7: Affirmation Activities

Phase I

Activity 46—Cards and Gifts for Priests

Activity 47—Get to Know Your Priest Questionnaire

Phase II

Activity 48—Priesthood Sunday

Activity 49—Reception for Priests on Special Days

Activity 50—Seminarian Care Packages

Phase III

Activity 51—Seminarian Cards Affirmation

Activity 52—Seminarian Welcome Back Gift

Phase IV

Activity 53—Ordination Reception

Activity 54—Remembrance of Deceased Priests/Religious

Activity 55—Deacon Sunday

Activity 56—Retired Priests and Religious Day

Activity 57—Reception


Chapter 8: Perseverance


Afterword by Fr. Victor Perez


Appendix A: Sample Annual Budgets

Appendix B: Sample Calendar of Events

Appendix C: Vocation Definitions


Rhonda Gruenewald and Family. Author of Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation MinistryOver the course of four years, Rhonda Gruenewald turned her parish’s dormant parish vocation committee into a powerhouse ministry brimming with energy. With her leadership, St. Cecilia’s has become a model “vocation parish,” with year-round programs to help youth to discern their vocations and adults to support them. A convert to the Catholic faith, Rhonda is a former speech and English teacher with a knack for organization and a tremendous love for the priesthood and religious life. She lives in Houston with her husband and two teenage children.

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Weight 0.8 lbs
Dimensions 9 x 6 x 0.5 in