Catholic Women’s Mentoring Program: Empowering Women

Catholic Women's Mentoring is an opportunity for women to share your unique gifts and talents. Consider becoming involved as either a mentor or a mentee.

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Stephen Walsh (Principal OLMC Parramatta ), Danielle Dwyer (Director of Finance OLMC Parramatta), Marie Wood (Deputy Principal OLMC Parramatta), Christine Pace (Communications Officer OLMC Parramatta), Maria Lawton rsm (Mentor), Geraldine Starr (former chair OLMC Board)

Catholic Women’s Mentoring is a new, volunteer run program launched at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney on Saturday, 20 May. Christine Pace, Development Officer at OLMC Parramatta is one of the coordinators behind the program and Maria Lawton rsm is one of the first mentors.

Catholic Women’s Mentoring ‘is a connection, a type of friendship – one that is focused, honest, practical, supportive’. Rather than being a corporate program assisting participants to climb a career ladder, the program ‘sees mentoring as a tool of empowerment which can help us to become what God created us to be’, explained Christine .

‘I firmly believe that Catholic women who are strong and affirmed in their faith and their capabilities can do amazing things to transform society. Faith-filled women, on fire with the Holy Spirit, can be the hands and feet of God through their lives.

To be on fire with the Holy Spirit, we need solid formation, spiritual nourishment and encouragement from others in our faith. That’s where we can help each other…’

Asked what attracted her to the role of mentor Sr Maria responded: 'I greatly admire this initiative from Christine, and was particularly impressed with her recognition of her experience of mentoring as significant and “life-changing”. My own experience has been similar in encountering generous and wise women who were willing to share their time, experience, skill and expertise with me and provide direction and guidance. Each of those women would see themselves as very ordinary, and yet their assistance to me was extraordinary. I believe we should always be open to giving to others that which we have received. So in that spirit, although I see myself as very ordinary, I agreed to be open to assisting others on their life’s journey in whatever small way I can'.

Special guest Senator Deborah O’Neill, Shadow Assistant Minister for Innovation and Shadow Assistant Minister for Mental Health, one of almost 200 women at the launch, said the mentoring program would ‘enable Catholic women to have a wider role in the Church and society’.

More mentors are needed and more mentees are welcome.

If you are interested in being involved in the program, visit the Catholic Women’s Mentoring website and fill in the appropriate application form.

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