Mentor Network

PERSONAL VOCATION MENTORSHIP


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PROFILE OF A MENTOR

The way that Jesus encountered people during his earthly life is our model for accompanying others in vocational discernment. We highlight five important characteristics of these encounters:

1

A LOVING LOOK 

There are numerous references in the gospels to the way that Jesus looked at people. Gazing upon another with love allows us to see with the eyes of the Lord. This stance of loving acceptance allows the other to reveal themselves as they truly are, and we become collaborators in their joy. 

2

EMPATHY

Our ability to become one's "neighbor", as the Good Samaritan in the Gospel of Luke, requires the ability to enter into another's experience. A good coach must ask good questions and learn the skill of empathic listening in order to truly understand another and how to be of service. 

3

ACCOMPANIMENT

Choosing to "walk beside" others, as the Jesus did on the road to Emmaus, is necessary in the work of vocational discernment. It is on these long walks that we can listen to their stories of others and understand the deepest desires of their hearts. 

4

SPEAKING A WORD

Coaches must be able to speak words of spirit and life to those in their care. The authoritative Word, of course, is Jesus Christ. Each coach must have an intimate relationship with the Lord so as to allow His words and actions to become one with theirs. 

5

AUTHENTIC WITNESS

Jesus washed the feet of the disciples at the Last Supper, an authentic act of witness that shattered preconceived ideas. Every coach must be an authentic witness in his or her life, and courageously give example of what it means to live out one's personal vocation. 


MENTOR ARTICLES

Gifts and Charisms: What’s the Difference?
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Homeschool Course on Vocational Discernment: Syllabus
Discerning Personal Vocation A Course in Ethics Offered by Mary Seat of Wisdom Classical Community Fall Semester, 2017 – Wednesday[...]
Culture of Vocation: Part 1
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Prayer for Personal Vocation
Prayer for Personal Vocation Father of Mercy, You called every creature into being, and continue to call them to Yourself[...]
Meditation on Personal Vocation
The following reflection on personal vocation is from Cardinal John Henry Newman and can be found in his Meditations on[...]
Knowing Mentees Through Achievement Narrative
Mentors who want to get to know their mentees can and should ask a variety of questions which help their[...]
The Achievement Story
How can mentors authentically get to know their mentees? We believe that really getting to know another means to understand their[...]
Asking Good Questions
Mentors, especially when they are in teaching mode, will often ask questions of their mentees for educational purposes. Such questions[...]
To Know Another
What do we mean when we talk about knowing the other? “Hey, do you know Deanna?” “Yeah, she was my[...]
Inscape: Vision of Personal Vocation
Our vision is for each person to know, embrace, and live to the full their unique personal vocation. We envision[...]
Inscape: The Distinctive Design of Every Creature
The word "inscape" was coined by the priest and poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. The universe was spoken into being by[...]
What’s Your Story?
We tell stories because we live stories. We believe that understanding our narrative is critical to becoming who we are.[...]