Mentors-in-Faith

Notre Dame Vision Mentors-in-Faith are undergraduates who serve as the primary leaders of the Notre Dame Vision program. The mentors are a collection of some of the most gifted servant-leaders from the Notre Dame community. These students are selected from a very competitive pool of applicants because of their willingness to serve, their engaging personalities, and the diverse personal stories of faith and discipleship they can share through the program.

Mentors serve in one of two roles: either as Small Group Mentors (approx. 46/year) or Music Mentors (approx. 17/year). Resident counselors facilitate small groups, offer personal faith-based talks, lead prayer, and monitor the dormitories. Musicians lead the vibrant and eclectic music of Notre Vision in a variety of settings, from upbeat gathering music to morning and evening prayer, Mass, and a Reconciliation service.

Mentors-in-Faith receive extensive training before and during Notre Dame Vision. During the Spring semester preceding their Notre Dame Vision experience, all of the mentors take a three-credit theology class, the goal of which is to introduce the mentors to the theological underpinnings of Notre Dame Vision while simultaneously inciting their theological imaginations. In separate yet complementary Pastoral Skills Workshops, Small Group Mentors place special emphasis on learning how to facilitate small faith-sharing groups, serve as pastoral counselors, and offer witness talks based on their own life experiences. Music Mentors gather weekly to focus additional energies on exploring the uses and tradition of the expansive Notre Dame Vision repertoire, while also rehearsing as a group for everything from liturgical selections to three original musicals performed during the Notre Dame Vision week. Together, all of the mentors participate in faith formation retreats and reflection activities. During the summer, a separate course on theological reflection runs simultaneous to Notre Dame Vision - this course allows the mentors to consider their own growth in faith while they facilitate similar growth for the Notre Dame Vision high school participants.

Many would say that the Mentors-in-Faith are the backbone of Notre Dame Vision. It is certainly true that without them, the program would not be what it is. Together, they are a treasure and a resource that cannot be reproduced anywhere else.

 

The content of Notre Dame Vision was age appropriate and effective to the students. I thought that the Mentors in Faith were well formed and informed. The small group process was well designed and the keynotes were excellent.

Diocesan Leader