Mentors and Partners

MENTORS

Expectations:

A mentor is a temporary resource person who is available to a member of an MLFI group (by phone or in person) throughout the first year of community formation. The mentor commits to a minimum of one conversation per month with the member, offering support, ideas and resources.

Qualities:

• Understands Chaminade’s tradition of Marianist spirituality. “Someone with a deep, detached desire to know the truth of the community” (Joe Cavanaugh, Lay Marianist)
• Understands the intentionality of community formation; it doesn’t happen by accident
• Previous experience in a Marianist Lay Community – preferably in some capacity of leadership/guidance or animation
• A temporary presence who is resourceful and enabling of the group’s full development and autonomy

Role:

• Acts as a resource to the member and community, connecting them with the wider Marianist Family and local Marianist communities (lay and religious)
• Aids in the formation of the group, as requested by the member. This may include ideas for gatherings, resource materials, conflict resolution techniques, etc.

Partners in Formation

A partner of the Marianist Lay Formation Initiative identifies people who have an interest in forming and sustaining community – those who may have a calling to community formation. A partner might also identify local speakers for the two yearly gatherings of each Initiative group. Additionally, if geography permits, a partner might set up opportunities for Initiative gatherings to meet with other lay and religious Marianists by finding opportunities for local hospitality gatherings, shared mealtime, etc.

For more information about becoming a Partner in Formation, contact Pati Krasensky at pkrasensky@sm-usa.org call 215.634.4116.