For Parishes


One of the goals of the Diocese of Rapid City’s Pastoral Plan is to form vocations committees in each parish or parish grouping to encourage and promote a culture of vocations.  The Office of Vocations is here to assist parishes in developing and maintaining a strong culture of vocations.  Here are resources we suggest:






In April of 2016 Rhonda Gruenewald, author of Hundredfold, offered two workshops in our Dioceses and outlined a clear and comprehensive plan for developing a vocation ministry in the parish.  Her book is available at a discounted price from the Office of Vocations.  Rhonda also offers a website: which offers free downloadable resources, ideas, and helpful links.  Rhonda was also interviewed on EWTN’s Live with Mitch Pacwa in early April.  This interview offers viewers a taste of her enthusiasm and wisdom with regards to parish vocation ministry.




Online Resources

There are a number of website that offer online and print resources for supporting vocations.




Diocesan Office Resources

The Diocesan Office of Vocations has a number of resources that are available:



Cutouts: These 5-foot, portable cut-outs are available to parishes for parish festivals, carnivals, and other vocations awareness events.


Banners: The Vocations Office owns three, portable banners which can also be borrowed by parishes and used for short periods of time.

Print Resources: Other print resources available to parishes at no charge (and distributed to pastors in October and March of each year):

  • breviary cards
  • seminarian posters
  • brochures and registration for visits to the seminary and communities of religious sisters
  • brochures and posters with information about our summer youth programs:
    • Totus Tuus Vocations camps for boys and girls held each summer
    • Duc In Altum Parish catechetical program, offered a parishes throughout the diocese each summer

Other print materials available by request include:


Upcoming Opportunities to Promote Vocations


Advent Wreath Prayers for Vocations 2018


Join us as we pray for vocations this Advent!

Downloads: Prayer Booklet

Nun Run - Oct 25-28, 2018 - Lincoln, NE


A nun run is an opportunity for girls ages 16 and older to make a visit to a community of religious sisters and to see their life in action! This October 25-28 we are visiting the Marian Sisters of the Diocese of Lincoln Nebraska. Interested in learning how to hear His voice? Want to know more about discerning your vocation and discovering the future God has in mind for you? If you are 16 or older, come away for a weekend of talks, prayer, quiet and recreation designed just for you.


Registration Deadline Oct 18, 2018.





IHM Seminary Visit


Join Fr. Mark McCormick, Director of Vocations, for a trip to visit the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona, MN.  We will tour the campus, visit with seminarians, pray with the community and enjoy some recreation.  This trip is open to young men aged 16 and older.  There is no cost for this trip, but registration is required.  For more information or to register, please contact the Office of Vocations at 605-716-5214 ext. 233 or or click on the registration form here.


November 9 - 12, 2018
March 15- 18, 2019

Downloads: Coming Soon


Parish Resources

From bulletin announcements to prayer intentions - come back to download new resources to promote vocations in the regular life of your parish.


Pastoral Guidelines for Fostering Vocations to Priestly Ministry

The Congregation for Catholic Education published a new document Pastoral Guidelines for Fostering Vocations to Priestly Ministry to address the constant challenge for the Church in fostering vocations to the priesthood.  Families, priests, parishes and educators are all challenged by this document to create an environment that reflects God's love for His people that would allow young men to follow a call to the priesthood.