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Mentee: Having a St. John the Divine mentor has been   Mentor: My St. John the Divine mentee, Ned, says he
        extremely rewarding for me. My mentor, Ron, became one of   learned from me, but truthfully I learned as well, and was
        my greatest coaches and friends.                       rewarded by the experience in many ways.

        During our times together, I grew spiritually, professionally,   My mentee is a bright, dedicated, considerate, and disciplined,
        and personally. We broadened my goals to encompass all   young man. When we began meeting he was a was a mid-MBA
        parts of my life and created a step ladder plan with measur-  newlywed.
        able results for accountability, and acknowledgment of my
                                                               We met every other week. My mentee asked the hard life
        achievements.
                                                               questions, constantly challenging himself and me as well. By
        One of my greatest challenges was to balance marriage with   thinking and praying together, then implementing a strategic
        scholastic work in the MBA program at Rice University while   plan, I watched my mentee successfully meet goals and work
        searching for a career upon graduation. I benefi ted from my   through diffi culties.
        mentor’s experience in a healthy Christian marriage, and had
                                                               There were some challenges for me to overcome as well. Pray-
        a place to discuss stresses I did not want to share with my own
                                                                ing out loud with a former military offi cer was awkward at fi rst
        parents. I am a better husband from my mentor’s advice and
                                                                for both of us, but as we became more comfortable with our
        example.
                                                               relationship, it became natural. Another hard challenge was
        Professionally, my mentor discouraged me from applying for   to be extremely careful with advice, especially when a young
        positions beneath my skill level. Consequently, I joined a top   professional is faced with life-altering decisions.
        consulting fi rm. My mentor helped me with the confi dence to
                                                                If I had the benefi t of a mentor when I was younger, I think I
        apply for and land a job that suits my capacity.
                                                               could have learned much sooner how to manage diffi cult prob-
        Most importantly, my mentor helped me draw closer to God.   lems, make better informed decisions, and enjoy more of God’s
        My prayers are now open conversations with God. I have a   prosperity within myself and those who love him. I certainly
        better understanding of myself and how I can better serve   enjoyed walking with Ned and thank God for this opportunity
        him. I plan on using my skills from my MBA, my undergrad at   to serve.
        West Point, and experience in the Army to help build stronger
        leaders within the church. I hope to mentor youth and possibly   Still fi nding your place in the world? Need support and motiva-
        start a mentorship program, based on the St. John the Divine   tion...the fellowship of someone who has been there? Mentors help
        program, in our new church home in Virginia.              you decide how quickly to grow, listen, and share personal stories.
                                                                  Get a leg up by learning from old pros. Mentors are soul friends,
        Even though we are moving from Houston, my mentor is a life-
                                                                  confi dantes, people who have walked paths you wish to walk, but
        long friend. Our similarities and shared interests were vetted in
                                                                  haven’t walked yet. Want a mentor? Want to be a mentor?
        St. John the Divine's matching process. His ability to push me
        was a pure gift. I would not trade my mentorship experience   Visit sjd.org/mentor-network to sign up or contact the Rev. Matt
        for anything!                                             Marino, mmarino@sjd.org, 713.297.8703.
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