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Reflections and Endorsements

This Page is dedicated to thoughts about SacraMentors and what is has meant for those who have gone through the program: Reflections and personal testimony. If you would like to share, please e-mail me your testimony. email: webmaster@sacramentors.org

Why SacraMentors?

The SacraMentors program offers Catholic men and women a process to help live a life of grace and sanctification. Candidates meet on the three consecutive Sundays for three hours and then on one Saturday for approximately ten hours. Through this unique process, the participants connect with each other to talk about things that matter most in life: God and their families, moments of grace, peace, joy, love and blessing.

Once you complete the series you will have the opportunity to continue to meet each week in a small community of men who will support and sustain you in your efforts to live a Christian life. Here are just a few of the blessings men are receiving from the SacraMentors program:

  • Greater sense of self and God.
  • Giving up grudges.
  • The healing of Father and Parent wounds.
  • Growth in faith, hope, and love.

Individual expressions

Listed below are individual expressions of the positive effects the SacraMentors program has had on some of the men and women who have participated in the four part series. Could this be your opportunity to grow and develop your spirituality the way you have always wanted?

  • "My 8-year-old boy asks me every day about the constant blessings I receive since completing with the SacraMentors program."
    Jim Cummings
    St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Federal Way
  • "The friendship, bonding, and understanding without judgment has given me that help I need to live a better life and be closer to Christ."
    Bill Grommesch
    St. Anne Parish, Seattle
  • "My husband's involvement in the SacraMentors program put the heart back in our family and our family life has blossomed."
    Tammy Tavares
    St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Federal Way
  • "I found that SacraMentors is the real thing because allows me to be with God and my brothers. Our meetings offer a place where men can talk with one another about what's really happening in their spiritual lives. We see how much we have in common, instead of competing with each other."
    Jim Malneritch
    Sacred Heart Parish, Enumclaw
  • The SacraMentor program was an incredible experience. It gave me a new way to look at my life. It enabled me to see that I am not alone with my inner feelings and that child inside of me can heal, forgive, and be strong. I am grateful for the few closer steps towards my goals of inner peace and self acceptance.
    Becky Dorsett

Fr. Bob Camuso and Lory Misel, MSW, created the SacraMentors program. This program has been conducted at numerous parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Seattle since 1994. For more information please contact us via e-mail or post. Contact information is listed on our contact page.

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The SacraMentor Process - Why it exists and why it works

By Tom Mengert

Editor’s Note: Tom Mengert, who participated in the SacraMentors presentation at St. Charles Parish in Tacoma, wrote the following (with editing from Fr. Bob) to describe why the SacraMentors process has been successful thus far. While Tom’s thoughts do not exhaust the mystery of why SacraMentors works, what he wrote is important in helping us understand SacraMentors and what all of us have gone through.

The SacraMentors process is designed to empower men to bless the world with kindness, appreciation, forgiveness and service at their local parish.

The process consists of a 90-minute method which clears away obstacles and strategies created by the ego to insure defeat, demoralization, and a sense of unworthiness.

The SacraMentors process is based on the following twelve assumptions:

1. That we approach the innocence in others, instead of their guilt. We do this because we see each person as a holy child of God.

2. That our life experiences leave us wounded by grudges and fears which prevent us from being effective witnesses to the Gospel and from realizing our true vocation and power to bless.

3. That we take seriously the call to bless as found in the New Catechism ("Every baptized person is called to be a 'blessing,' and to bless." 1669). This power to bless is a central life function entrusted to all Christians. As we bless one another we give witness to our union with Christ and each other. As we bless one another we help to heal our community. When one part of the community is wounded, all parts are wounded. When one part is healed, all are healed (cf. 1 Cor 12:26).

4. That fearful dreams and illusions about self and others confine us to a narrow view of the essential plan God has for each of us.

5. That fearful dreams and illusions gain power when held in secret. And that such power dissipates when fearful dreams and illusions are held before the loving gaze of Christ and our brothers of the Upper Room.

6. That our active and loving God presents to us each day people we are called to bless with kindness, forgiveness, listening, sharing and letting go of our need to be right or to control another person.

7. That problem solving is a subtle temptation to enmeshment and identification with another’s problem to the exclusion of all else.

8. That God’s method of healing is one of silent but active caring and acceptance.

9. That to listen with love to another person mirrors the receptivity of God and the unconditional affirmation of the essential beauty and dignity of each person.

10. That the response of the recipient of such love is to return love in an ardent but non-guilt motivated response of gratitude and reciprocal blessing.

11. That as we bless others we break the cycle of violence in our society which is crucifying the heart of the world.

12. That through acts of kindness, forgiveness and blessing, we serve our brothers and sisters, share our gifts, receive answers unsought and unexpected and abide in peace.


I SOUGHT MY SOUL, BUT MY SOUL I COULD NOT SEE.
I SOUGHT MY GOD, BUT MY GOD ELUDED ME.
I SOUGHT MY BROTHER AND I FOUND ALL THREE.

William Bennett, The Moral Compass

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