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Hundredfold Workshop helps parishes ‘prepare the soil’ for seeds of vocations

Rhonda Gruenewald visits with the Franciscan Apostolic Sisters, one of several religious communities present for the Hundredfold Workshop on Jan. 21 at Hettinger Hall of St. Jude Parish, Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Vocations awareness in the Diocese of Peoria got a boost last Saturday when 150 people gathered at St. Jude Church and its Hettinger Hall in Peoria for the Hundredfold Workshop sponsored by the Office of Priestly Formation. That doesn’t mean each parish will be able to deliver five seminarians to Father Tim Hepner, diocesan vocation […]

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‘Hundredfold Workshop’ on Jan. 21 to explore vocations promotion in parishes

Author and speaker Rhonda Gruenewald, developr of the Hundredfold Workshop, will be the presenter at the diocesan event on Jan. 21 at St. Jude Church in Peoria.

People who want to promote vocations to sacramental marriage, the priesthood and consecrated life will get the tools they need to do it at the Hundredfold Workshop, planned for Saturday, Jan. 21, at St. Jude Church in Peoria. It will begin with morning prayer at 9 a.m. and promises to send participants out at 2 […]

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Diocese’s priests gather, discuss how to create vocation-friendly parishes

Rhonda Gruenewald, author of "Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry," speaks with Father Timothy Hepner, diocesan director of vocations for recruitment, during a break at the Priest Assembly Day on Oct. 25. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Fostering a culture of vocations isn’t a new concept in the Diocese of Peoria, although a fresh approach was unveiled Oct. 25 when clergy gathered at the Spalding Pastoral Center for a Priest Assembly Day. The annual meeting also gave the priests an opportunity to pray together, catch up and hear from Bishop Daniel R. […]

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Seminarian’s road hasn’t been straight, but every step has been worth it

Taylor Caputo (third from left) takes a break while hiking with other men discerning their call to priesthood. He said the idea of being a priest filled him with joy and more peace than he had ever known. (Provided photo)

EMMITSBURG, Md. — Taylor Caputo was working in an architecture studio at the University of Illinois when he started to wonder if that career path was taking him in the right direction. “What’s the purpose of all this? Don’t you want your life to have meaning?” he asked himself. “Maybe I could be a priest.” […]

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