Emmaus: Spiritual Accompaniment for Women

The Church will have to initiate everyone – priests, religious and laity – into this “art of accompaniment” which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other. Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

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Emmaus: Spiritual Accompaniment for Women

Welcome to ‘Emmaus’: a spiritual accompaniment program for women in Sydney. This program exists to encourage and foster connection, whilst deepening faith and nurturing leadership.
Accompaniment is the foundational basis for the program, thus responding to Pope Francis’ call to the Church to “initiate everyone into this ‘art of accompaniment’ which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other.” (Evangelii Gaudium, 169)

How it works

We have developed a framework for a mentor relationship that will connect regularly over a period of 8 months.
Women will submit applications to join the program and volunteer to become a mentor or a mentee. The CWN team will review the submissions and prayerfully discern the most suitable matches. We aim to enable a relationship that is intentional, prayerful and nourishing for both women.
Women will connect regularly at a time and space that is mutually convenient. We recommend connecting at a minimum, once per month. We will provide monthly reflection materials which you may choose to use for your sessions.
CWN will host two in-person events, one at the beginning and one at the end of the journey, where you can connect with your mentee/ mentor, network with other women in the program, and receive additional formation and support.

Matching connections

As part of the application process, we will ask both mentors and mentees questions which will assist us in determining compatibility. We take into consideration numerous factors, and in particular look to pair a mentor’s gifts and wisdom with the most suitable mentee’s needs and desires.
The process of matching mentors to mentees is done with respect, confidentiality, care and most of all prayer.

Commitment

The time commitment is flexible depending on the objectives and time capacity of both the mentor and mentee. We recommend that mentoring sessions are at least once per month, to maintain a strong and useful connection; however, they could be more frequent if both parties agree to that.
Most mentors and mentees dedicate around 1-2 hours every month to communicate and connect with each other.

The Emmaus program is open to all women over the age of 18 across Sydney. While we aim to support as many applicants as possible, please note that spaces are limited, and we cannot guarantee acceptance for everyone. Applications for mentors open in September 2024 and for mentees in November 2024.

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