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


Pastoral Ministry Days - Theme: Vocations | March 18-20, 2018


The Office of Vocations encourages all people from our Diocese who have an interest in vocations to attend this year's Pastoral Ministries Days which has building a culture of vocations as its theme.


We are looking forward to a great conference this year, focusing on building a culture of vocations in our parishes – a culture that reveals that God has a call for each and every one of us – and taking a closer look, in particular, at how to encourage and promote vocations to priesthood and consecrated life.  Our speakers are Rev. James Mason, President-Rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and former Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, and Sr. Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, OP, Vocation Director for the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist and a co-author of the vocational discernment book, “And Mary’s Yes Continues.”



World Day of Prayer for Vocations - Sunday, April 22nd, 2018


"The joy of the Gospel, which makes us open to encountering God and our brothers and sisters, does not abide our slowness and our sloth.  It will not fill our hearts if we keep standing by the window with the excuse of waiting for the right time, without accepting this very day the risk of making a decision.  Vocation is today!  The Christian mission is now!  . . .  We should not wait to be perfect in order to respond with our generous “yes”, nor be fearful of our limitations and sins, but instead open our hearts to the voice of the Lord.  To listen to that voice, to discern our personal mission in the Church and the world, and at last to live it in the today that God gives us. "  -Excerpt from Pope Francis' Message - click below to read the message in full





IHM Seminary Visits 2017-2018 | March 15-18, 2018


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.


March 15-18, 2018 (Thur-Sun) | Deadline Mar 1


Totus Tuus Summer Camps - Summer 2018


Totus Tuus is an exiting Catholic summer camp where youth spend time interacting with religious and priestly vocations and learn more about following God’s call for their lives. The time at camp includes outdoor activities, games, times of prayer, talks, testimonies, food, and more!


Girls Discipleship Camp: June 24-29
Girls Camp: June 26-29

Boys Discipleship Camp: July 15-20
Boys Camp: July 17-20



Annual Evening of Prayer and Renewal for Spiritual Mothers



In 2007, the Congregation for the Clergy invited women to consider making a commitment of prayer and sacrifice for the sanctification of priests.  In our diocese many women have made a yearly commitment to pray for a particular priest, seminarian or discerner through our Spiritual Motherhood program. This includes a commitment to prayer and offerings for the priests of our diocese, who greatly need our prayers and spiritual support. 


For more information on Spiritual Motherhood, please read Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of Priests and Spiritual Maternity published by the Congregation for the Clergy.  The book Praying for Priests by Kathleen Beckman and published by Sophia Press is also a wonderful resource. 



If you would be interested in learning more about this commitment please consider joining us for:

Annual Evening of Prayer and Renewal for Spiritual Mothers

Saturday, September 6, 2017, 5:30-9:00pm

Terra Sancta Retreat Center

Rapid City, SD


The evening includes dinner (please RSVP by August 27), a talk, time for sharing and exposition/adoration.


For more information or to register, please contact:

Shawna Hanson, Office of Vocations - or call 605-716-5214 ext. 233


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.