“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up…”
-1 Thessalonians 5:11

Young men and women discerning religious life have a great need for personal connections that can aid them as they discern God’s will. Values Outreach recognizes this need for vocational accompaniment and provides a system in which this kind of mentorship can take place.

It is also important to note that men and women interested in religious life necessarily move into a vulnerable place in their relationship with God. As such, mentor-discerner relationships must be handled with appropriate care and attention. Our program requirements are meant to ensure the best possible experience for mentors and discerners alike, with the ultimate goal being the spiritual growth of the discerner.

 


Mentor Requirements

  • Religious who wish to serve as mentors must have professed first/ simple vows.

  • Mentors must have frequent access to a computer.

  • Religious interested in being mentors must submit an online Application.

  • Prior to being accepted as mentors, applicants must also complete an interview (in person or long-distance) with a Values Outreach team member.

  • Applicants must submit a Superior Approval Form to be completed by a Major Superior of their community. A scanned copy of this form may be sent to info@valuesoutreach.org.

  • All mentors accepted into the program must attend a Catechetical Institute mentor training (in person or online) and must complete a series of online workshops within their first year serving as a mentor.

 


Mentor Expectations

  • The majority of communication between a mentor and discerner will take place on the Catechetical Institute’s LMS system. Mentors will be expected to become familiar with this system and to be attentive to their discerner’s progress in the online formation program.

  • Mentors should be prepared to give about 2-3 hours each month for each discerner that they mentor. Religious may mentor one or multiple discerners.

  • Mentors will be expected to provide written feedback on their discern’s tasks for workshops they complete on the LMS.

  • Mentors will be encouraged to reach out to their discerner for a phone or video call as often as they see fit (around every 2-4 weeks). This relationship is not meant to take the place of spiritual direction, but rather will allow mentors to provide more thorough feedback on the tasks the discerner has completed and will give discerners the opportunity to ask pertinent questions.

  • This program is designed to help discerners better understand religious life and how to discern God’s calling in their lives. As such, mentors are expected to aid discerners in understanding God’s will for them in a way that respects their freedom rather than attempting to “recruit” discerners to their own communities. Therefore, any mentor who is pressuring discerners in this way may be dismissed from the mentorship program.

 

Ready to become a mentor? Fill out a Mentor Application.

Questions? Email info@valuesoutreach.org. One of our team members would be happy to speak with you!