Mentoring and Accompaniment

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

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring in a Catholic context can deepen one’s faith, help navigate the challenges of life, and provide connection with others in the wider Church community.
Mentoring is a tool of empowerment which can help us to become what God created us to be. It is a mutually beneficial relationship which involves a more experienced person helping a less experienced person to reach their potential.
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).

Mentoring is:

  • Relationship and partnership-based
  • Mutually enriching
  • Supportive and encouraging
  • Confidence building
  • Based on mutual trust and respect

Mentoring is not:

  • Coaching
  • Management
  • Counselling
  • Spiritual Direction

Why Mentoring?

God created women with unique gifts, talents and skills. The world needs the ‘feminine genius.’ Catholic women who are strong and affirmed in their faith and their capabilities can do amazing things to transform society. Faith-filled women, on fire with the Holy Spirit, can be the hands and feet of God through their lives.

The CWN Mentoring Program provides Catholic access for encouragement and support through the sharing of faith and life journeys, and building companionship to encourage the deepening of faith and confidence among Australian Catholic women.

The Pilot Program

In October 2023, CWN brought together 30 women across Sydney to participate in our inaugural Mentoring Pilot Program. Women were matched together and undertook a six month journey of accompaniment together.

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