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 bonding that develops between its
members in mentoring relationships helps to build more unified
Contact the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates for
more information and to schedule training for your
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
- Provide additional resources and strategies for successful
Topics in the training program include:
- Shared reflections on pastoring
- Empathic listening
- Modeling proactive vs. reactive behaviors
- Case studies and role-playing
- Your diocese's goals, expectations and processes for
Institute for Priests and Presbyterates' Mentor
Cost for initial training is $2,450 for up to 12 mentors
(minimum 6), and $2,950 for groups over 12 (maximum 18). Materials
fee is $40 per participant. Travel expenses, including meals and
accommodations, are in addition to the cost of the training.
Cost for follow-up training is $1,250. Travel expenses,
including meals and accommodations, are in addition to the cost of
the follow-up training. Follow-up training is recommended for your
diocese's mentors between six and eight months following the
Contact the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates for your
diocese's personalized quote and to schedule training for your
Scheduling Training for Your Mentors
Training for your diocese can be conducted at any time of the
year. Scheduling is dependent upon the availability of the trainer
and the host diocese. To begin the process for scheduling mentor
training for your diocese, contact the Institute for Priests and
By phone: (800) 357-8477
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By website: online inquiry form
After scheduling training for your diocese, complete and return
the registration form.
Archdiocese of Denver
- "I think the mentor program is a good program. More
convinced of this now than before I attended the
- "The resources that were presented - out of this
- "I enjoyed the time and call to be part of this
Diocese of Kalamazoo
- "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 Richmond
- "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
- "We were given ideas on best practices which was
- "Fr. Tom DiFolco was very good at facilitating our group -
Diocese of Savannah
- "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."