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Toronto Catholic District School Board

SOUL WORK
 
Inspirational Passages for Mentorship
 
MENTORSHIP:  AN INVITATION FROM OUR FAITH TRADITION
Companionship in ministry is a recurrent theme throughout the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.  From Paradise to Pentecost, the biblical stories remind us that God’s companionship is most powerfully felt through the loving and supportive relationships of our life.
 
As a community of Catholic educators, we have the distinct privilege to companion one another in our teaching ministry.  At this unique time in the history of Catholic Education in the Province of Ontario, we stand ready to welcome many new teaching colleagues to our Board. Our efforts at mentorship must mirror and model the spirit of biblical stories.
 
What kind of mentorship can we offer to those who are just beginning their teaching ministry?  The New Teacher Induction Committee, in keeping with the Vision and Mission of the Toronto Catholic District School Board and the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations, envisions a mentorship that reflects the elements of Biblical mentorship:
  • ELI AND SAMUEL: A MENTORSHIP OF CLARIFICATION (1 SAMUEL 3).
    Eli assisted Samuel in discerning his call to serve God.  Often, we need someone to help us to listen to the unique ways that God invites us to live out our vocation as teacher. Who helps you clarify what it means to be called to be a Catholic teacher?  In what ways has this person(s) invited you to articulate more clearly what it means to be a Catholic teacher?
  • NAOMI AND RUTH: A MENTORSHIP OF SUPPORT (RUTH 1: 6-22).
    In times of struggle, we need someone to walk with us, and to share the wisdom of their experience. Who is helping you/supporting you in your times of struggle?  What wisdom have you been offered?
  • ELIZABETH AND MARY: A MENTORSHIP OF AFFIRMATION (LUKE 1: 39-56).
    In times of doubt and uncertainty, we need a mentor who affirms our gifts. What do you name as the gifts you bring to teaching? Who has affirmed your gifts for teaching?
  • JESUS AND PETER: A MENTORSHIP OF EMPOWERMENT (MATTHEW 16:13-19).
    Especially at the beginning of an enterprise, we need a mentor to encourage us to have confidence and to assume responsibility. Who has confidence in your ability to teach?  How are you empowered in your vocation to teach?
Ultimately, all of our efforts in support of new teachers are the work of the Holy Spirit. So, we pray for the strength and guidance of the Spirit for all those who offer their gifts as mentors.  May God richly bless them for their service on behalf of Catholic education.
 
“ THEN JESUS SUMMONED THE TWELVE AND BEGAN TO SEND THEM OUT TWO BY TWO….”    MARK 6: 8
Who would you name as your companion(s) in teaching?