WASHINGTON, D.C. – For someone who was not raised a Catholic and a decade ago did not understand the meaning behind the phrase “vocations crisis,” Rhonda Gruenewald is a quick study.

Since 2011, when her parish’s newly ordained parochial vicar sought her help to revive the parish’s moribund vocation committee, Gruenewald has gone great guns in instilling what she calls “a culture of vocations” in parishes throughout North America.

From her research on the subject – including the sobering number of 3,500 priestless parishes in the United States and another 1,700 in Canada – Gruenewald not only resuscitated the parish vocation committee, but has spread her knowledge and enthusiasm with a book, website, newsletters and workshops.

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