Catholic Women’s Mentoring
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Igniting Feminine Genius

"Be who God made you to be and you will set the world on fire."

Saint Catherine of Siena

Why Mentoring?

Mentoring is a tool of empowerment which can help us to become what God created us to be. It is a mutually beneficial relationship which involves a more experienced person helping a less experienced person to reach their potential.

Mentoring is:

  • Relationship and partnership-based
  • Mutually enriching
  • Supportive and encouraging
  • Confidence building
  • Based on mutual trust and respect

In Catholic Women’s Mentoring, women will be matched as Sisters in Christ with the intent of forming a companionship in which the two women will share resources, knowledge, networks and experiences, while encouraging each other in their faith journey.

The program is built around the needs of women and is relationship-based. Mentors are not expected to provide spiritual direction or coaching; it is about support, encouragement and bringing out the best in each other. Sometimes we need others to recognise our potential in order for us to see it for ourselves and mentoring is the perfect instrument to provide this opportunity.

About the Program

Catholic Women’s Mentoring Program is a new national initiative aimed at building the skills, confidence and networks of Australian Catholic women and encouraging them in their faith.

“Yours are the eyes with which he looks Compassion on this world, Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good, Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.” – Saint Teresa of Avila

The program aims to empower women to use their gifts and talents to make meaningful and significant contributions to the Australian Church and increase their positive impact on Australian society.

God created women with unique gifts, talents and skills. The world needs the ‘feminine genius.’ 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.

Catholic women are invited to sign up online as a mentor or mentee. Mentors will be matched with a younger woman (mentee), according to their needs, whom they will encourage and support sharing their faith and life journey. While there are no age restrictions for mentors, it is expected that mentors will be able to share significant life experience with their mentee.

The program has an informal structure; it is up to the mentor and mentee to choose how they would like to connect and how often. The program is based on building companionship to encourage faith and confidence among Australian Catholic women.

All program participants must be over 18 years of age.


Cultivating Feminine Genius
Friday 8 March 2019

Celebrate International Women's Day at a special panel event jointly presented by Catholic Women's League Sydney and Catholic Women's Mentoring on Friday 8 March 2019.

Venue: Level 8, Polding Centre, Liverpool Street Sydney
Time: Drinks and Canapés from 5.30pm, Panel from 7pm

Event Registration

Thank you for your interest. Our event has unfortunately now reached capacity.

If you are interested in becoming an event sponsor, please email

Meet a program participant

Catholic Women’s Mentoring welcomes Australian Catholic women over the age of 18 to join the program as a mentee or a mentor. While there are no age restrictions for mentors, it is expected that mentors would have significant life experience, to be able to share this with their mentee.

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Victoria Burrows

Director of Aboriginal Catholic Ministry

It is my hope that this program will link Catholic women together across the nation to support each other to fully live our Baptismal calling, in whatever...

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Clare Tynan

Radiation Oncologist

Clare graduated from Medicine at the University of NSW in 2005 and completed her internship and residency at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. She commenced...

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Elizabeth Crouch

Non Executive Director

Elizabeth is the Deputy Chancellor of Macquarie University, a non-executive Director of Macquarie University Hospital, McGraths and SGS Economics...

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Emma Rossi

Television Journalist, Keynote Speaker and Women’s Rights Campaigner

Emma Rossi spent nearly two decades reporting for news and current affairs on national television, a job that took her overseas as a foreign correspondent, across...

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Fiona Basile

Photographer and Writer

Fiona Basile is a freelance photojournalist based in Melbourne who regularly travels interstate and internationally for her writing and photography work. She was in...

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Christine Pace

Communications Officer

Catholic women are already doing amazing things, all around Australia through their work, volunteering and community building. I think this program can...

Program Partners

Annual Partner

Thank you to our other partners who have been part of our journey

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