Passionate about marriage and want to help couples build vibrant marriages?
Eager to strengthen and enrich your own marriage?
Want to build a better world for your children and their future families?
We want YOU!
If you are in a valid Catholic marriage, and would like to become a Mentor couple, we’d love to hear from you!
As a Parish Mentor there is no formal training: you simply enrol as participants in the course and make your way through it. Depending on the parish policy, you may do the course first, meeting with other married couples for support and coaching, or jump right in, doing the course for the first time as you simultaneously mentor an engaged couple. Your parish is responsible for supervision and accreditation.
All Mentor couples, whether Parish or SmartLoving, have access to our Mentor Hub – a member only area where you can access additional resources, training videos and our mentor forum.
Why become a SmartLoving Mentor?
Mentoring is one of the most effective ways to sustain your own marriage and keep it vibrant and healthy. As a Mentor couple you will be exploring the SmartLoving insights and applying them in your own marriage as you share from the wisdom of your experience. Moreover, you will be providing a valuable service: The many challenges facing couples in this age makes it vital that they be given the tools and support to be successful in marriage from the very beginning.
Some features of SmartLoving Engage Mentoring for you to consider:
- No group presenting skills required; you present the course to one couple at a time.
- 15-20 minute DVD will present the core content of each session, so you can focus on supporting the experience of the engaged couple.
- Flexible schedule; easily reschedule any session should it clash with another engagement
- You decide how many courses to run; mentor as few as one or as many as ten a year.
- No need for babysitters as the sessions are held in your home.
A unique approach to Catholic Marriage Formation…
Couple-to-couple mentoring is an enjoyable and effective way to prepare engaged couples for marriage and help married couples grow closer.
Conducted in the Mentor’s home, couples not only learn valuable insights and skills from the course, they also experience the hospitality and living sacramentality of the Mentor couple. At the same time, Mentor couples are enriched in their own relationship as they demonstrate the skills and explain the concepts.
Our SmartLoving courses are designed to maximise the impact of the Mentor couple through their personal stories and the practical application of principles from Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Support materials include a comprehensive Mentor Guide with DVD content which makes the presentation of the course simple.
Becoming a Parish Mentor?
Includes access to the Engaged Course, Engaged Member Hub, Mentor Resource Hub.
Training consists of several parts and can be flexibly managed according to the needs are resources available:
An important part of the SmartLoving mentality is taking responsibility to nurture and grow our marriage throughout our whole life. Just as we do professional development in our careers and expect our priests to do ongoing renewal and formation for their vocation, your vocation also deserves and needs priority.
The SmartLoving Marriage Seminar is the preferred formation as many of the frameworks and skills are the same as those in the Engaged course.
If you have recently attended marriage enrichment from another source such as Marriage Encounter, you can begin your Mentor training straight away and do the SmartLoving Marriage Seminar at a later time.
Training in the Engaged course itself can take a number of formats.
In some cases, couples will work their way through the course over six sessions under the supervision of one of our experienced mentors. This is the preferred method for those who have NOT done the SmartLovng Marriage Seminar.
Others prefer to do the one day intensive which is conducted as needed by our trainers. This one day course is designed to brief you on the structure of the programme, coach you in Mentoring methodology, and get you started on preparing your personal examples which will supplement the content.
Either way, by the end of the training, you will have a DVD for use in each session, Mentor’s Guide, Participant notes and other formation material.
As you begin with your first Engaged couple, you will be coached by another Mentor couple to ensure you feel confident and have someone with whom to debrief.
There will be plenty of opportunities to network with other Mentors and participate in renewal days and conferences run by the Marriage Resource Centre. We’ll also provide you with materials to promote SmartLoving Engaged in your parish or area.
“We loved our marriage seminar and got so much out of it. It was so good, we didn’t think it could be topped. Then we started mentoring and we’ve been blown away by how much more we’ve got out of it. It’s brought us so much closer.”
“We knew the theory of being a sacrament, but we didn’t really experience it until we became mentors. Seeing how those young engaged couples respond, week after week, to our personal sharings allowed to experience our sacrament having a direct impact.”
“We’ve been doing marriage preparation for years and were reluctant to switch over. So glad we did. This is a brilliant course, and it’s really easy to get up to speed on the new content.”