UNIVERSITY of NOTRE DAME

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Become a Partner

Diocesan Partners

Echo is built on partnerships. One of the hallmarks of the Echo program is its close working relationships with partner dioceses and archdioceses across the United States. These partners join Echo in putting forth the best resources for catechetical ministry, including but not limited to the following: experienced mentor support on-site in parishes, human and financial resources, theological inquiry, and diocesan-provided housing.

Mentors

Each apprentice works with a parish mentor, a full-time and experienced parish staff person (ordinarily but not always the parish’s catechetical leader) who supports the apprentice’s personal and professional development. As a result of the mentor’s collaborative efforts with other parish staff members, the apprentice, over time, participates in diverse opportunities for serving catechesis in the parish. The mentor’s role in this regard is often referred to as that of a “broker” or clearinghouse” on behalf of the apprentice.

Mentors come to Notre Dame for orientation and training and to meet their apprentices before they arrive in the parish. Once in the parish, apprentices prepare a Learning Covenant outlining their professional goals and meet with mentors on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to discuss their progress toward these goals and any issues that arise in their mid-year and end of year evaluation.

Partner FAQs

Have a question about Echo or becoming a partner diocese or a mentor within a partner diocese? Check out the most frequently asked questions here, or contact a member of the Echo staff for more information.