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


World Day for Consecrated Life - Feb. 2, 2018


In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God's gift of their vocation.


Links: Learn More

BELOVED | Vocation Weekend for Young Women

Jan. 26-28, 2018


“How wonderful to walk along in life holding the hand of the Lord.” - St. Edith Stein. This retreat begins on Friday evening, January 26th and concludes after lunch on Sunday, the 28th. It is held at Terra Sancta Retreat Center in Rapid City and is open to women 16 and older. The sisters will give a series of talks designed to give retreatants tools to help them deepen their friendship with Jesus and more clearly hear His plan for their lives, no matter what that may be. They will share their own experience and give participants an opportunity to see the beauty of religious life. There will time for prayer, discussion and leisure. Retreat directed by Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary:





Deadline to register is January 19, 2018. - REGISTER NOW

For more information contact:  Office of Vocations at 605-716-5214 ext. 233 or via email at  

Men In Black Basketball

Monday evening, January 29th, 2018 @ 5:30 – 8:30 pm at St. Thomas More High School


The evening includes dinner and basketball games featuring students v. faculty and high school boys v. priests of our diocese.  A great night of fun and fellowship celebrating the gift of the priesthood to the Church.




Downloads: Flyer

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


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.