The Role of the Mentor
As Catholics we benefit greatly by the fellowship we experience within our faith communities. Sharing our faith with and receiving guidance from other faithful men and women is a vital part of our life as a child of God. For those of us working in the Apostolate serving Christ in His Church it is essential that we have faithful, supportive relationships with others. This includes Catechists. To this end, the Office of Catechesis is implementing the role of mentor within the Catechist Formation program to aid the catechist in their personal and catechetical formation.
The mentor is a person who is a witness to Jesus Christ, is seeking both a deeper union with Him and a better understanding of faith, and is willing to accompany others on this journey. The mentor will provide encouragement, council, and guidance to a learner as they work on Catechist Formation.
The Mentor will be assigned to catechists who are seeking Certification in the DOL Catechist Formation program. They will meet with catechists to discuss each workshop they complete. The mentor will approve courses once all content is satisfactorily completed.
Elements of Mentoring
- Mentoring is getting to know the other but also being known by the other
- Catechists complete content portion of course, and complete tasks on FUS CI system
- The content and tasks are meant to be edifying, not too labor intensive.
- Mentors check progress of students and help them move forward or readdress content for further understanding
- Want to develop a person’s good habits; notice their good habits and encourage them in those
- Once you have built trust, don’t be afraid to challenge them
- Suggest other virtues and habits that can be developed
- Inquire with the learner how their catechetical work is going
- Mentors sign-off on workshops once satisfactorily completed
- Be familiar with Diocesan Catechist Formation program, workshops, and process
- Review the content of coursework completed by learner, either individually or with a group of mentees; approve of workshops after satisfactorily completed
- Spend time on a regular basis discussing with the mentee the content of the workshops completed and their work as a catechist
- Discussions will aim at helping mentee experience personal growth in their faith and in their work as a catechist
Requirements for Becoming a Mentor:
- Advanced Catechist Certification or equivalent
- Read the three documents listed below
- Complete Mentor training
Mentor Training may be accomplished by one of two options:
“Online Catechetical Institute Mentoring Training”. This course includes five workshops. * (Equivalencies may apply. Contact Office of Catechesis for details.)
Local Diocesan Training (to be offered twice in 2019-20 fiscal year) REGISTER HERE
- Attend One live training session in the Diocese of Lansing
- Complete content and tasks for the workshop, “Being Guided and Guiding Souls” on FUS CI system and others that may be assigned by DRE or Mentor.
- Contact the Office of Catechesis once you have completed the course
These documents are vital to understanding the principles of formation on which Franciscan’s Catechetical Institute is founded. They’re also deeply beautiful to read!
- Catechesi Tradendae by St. John Paul II – also known as “Catechesis in Our Time”
- Key Principles of Our Work by the Catechetical Institute
- Letter from Rome by St. John Bosco
* The first workshop, “Vocation of the Catechist”, can be skipped if the former topic, “Ministry of the Catechist has been completed.”