The Institute for Priests and Presbyterates' Mentor Training Program trains seasoned pastors who have been chosen by their diocese to help recently ordained priests, newly appointed pastors and newly arrived international priests transition successfully into their new ministry assignments.
A well-trained mentor introduces the mentee to his new role and helps him avoid unnecessary obstacles and pitfalls. Training provides the mentor with advanced communication techniques and listening skills to help his "mentee" develop his "best self" for ministry. The fraternal bond that develops between the members of a mentoring relationship helps to build more unified presbyterates.
Contact the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates for more information and to schedule training for your diocese.
The goals of mentor training are to:
Help mentors define and understand their unique role
Assist mentors differentiate the distinctive aspects of mentoring in comparison to other relationships, such as coaching, counseling and spiritual direction
Teach and develop specific communication skills for successful mentoring
Provide additional resources and strategies for successful mentoring
Topics in the training program include:
Shared reflections on pastoring
Modeling proactive vs. reactive behaviors
Case studies and role-playing
Your diocese's goals, expectations and processes for mentoring
If you are organizing your diocese's first priest-mentor program or restarting a stalled program, begin by downloading and completing our resource for Diocesan Mentor Program Directors.
Archdiocese of Denver
Diocese of Kalamazoo
- "I think the mentor program is a good program. More convinced of this now than before I attended the training."
- "The resources that were presented - out of this world!"
- "I enjoyed the time and call to be part of this ministry."
Diocese of Richmond
- "Great! To the point! I enjoyed it, learned a lot."
- "Overall it was a wonderful presentation on mentoring and it was worth spending the time."
- "I had the opportunity to be listened to in context of who I am as priest."
Diocese of Savannah
- "Good energy in the room with the priests. The conversation about the material was very fruitful and helped me to understand certain issues of which I had not been aware of previously."
- "We were given ideas on best practices which was great!"
- "Fr. Tom DiFolco was very good at facilitating our group - very effective."
- "Helped me to understand the importance of recognizing the mentoring moments in day to day interactions."
- "The program and discussion were excellent. It was very informational and I do feel better prepared for my role as a mentor. I pray this will be a benefit to our young priests making them more effective ministers to God's holy people."
- "A professional day that was grace."