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The Importance of Mentors
By Frank J Casella, CMCS Co-founder & Executive Director
'In Daddy's Arms' - A child is at peace enveloped in the security of a fathers embrace. Likewise, as children of God, we are embraced by His love and secure peace. All we have to do is accept! Copyright 2012 Frank J Casella. Click here to purchase and support CMCS.
Mentors are important for a variety of reasons. First, they provide guidance and support to their mentee, which can be invaluable in helping the mentee grow and develop. Second, mentors can provide a model for success that the mentee can look to emulate. Finally, mentors can provide a level of experience and expertise that the mentee may not be able to find on their own.
Mentors are an invaluable resource for anyone looking to reach their goals. Whether you're just starting out in your career or endeavors or you've been working at the same job for years, a mentor can provide guidance and support to help you reach your potential. 
Mentoring has a long history, as in the Bible it was St. Paul who mentored St. Timothy. Many of the most famous people you might be surprised to learn where mentored by someone or in some way. 
I'm sure if you think about it there are multiple times that you have been mentored, or mentored others, whether one-on-one or in a group setting. For example I've always had a camera in my hand since childhood, but it was being mentored by John H. White, Pulitzer Prize Photojournalist, who helped me to pull my craft all together, as well as the late James Kilcoyne at the Archdiocese newspaper who inspired and later mentored me to be the regular photographer assigned to Cardinal Bernardin. 
My own Father, for example, in many ways mentored me from my childhood, and especially on how to organize a Catholic men's event, as he was second generation Knights of Columbus in our family and organized many of the events for our local parish K of C Council. 
Because of this, over the years I joined or took leadership in several Christian and Catholic men's movements, which motivated me to envision CMCS after meeting and 'comparing notes' with Deacon John Rangel.  As only God could do, it was Bishop Perry who happened to be my local Vicar and (with God I believe there are no coincidences) there is so much that Bishop Perry mentored me about ministry ... and to men. More than I thought that I already knew. The entire CMCS Team has been a mentor to me in many ways, and because Bishop Perry is a prolific writer he has mentored me much from how to present things in the right tone, to helping me to be better at sharing my thoughts ... and this is just a brush stroke of it all. 
Over the past two decades CMCS has helped to mentor hundreds of men, like many of you reading this, with their spiritual journey, and we have learned much from you on this journey as well. Now CMCS is a mentor of sorts to a Men's Club on the north end of the Archdiocese of Chicago. 
In the Edgewater Community, Brian Murray is a member of CMCS who is hosting a meeting or group each Thursday at 7pm (wife approved!). We have talked much and he's going by the CMCS playbook. Many of you live in or closer to this area, and you can learn more and join in by contacting Brian at or call 773-414-2571. He also created this nifty website at:  He's naming the group Catholic Men Chicago Edgewater (CMCE):
If God has been nudging you to likewise start a men's group in your parish, or a movement in Chicago archdiocese Vicariate with your bishop, I invite you to contact CMCS to answer your questions or any way that we can help - 
There is something to be said about the importance of mentors. Mentors can help you grow in your career, perfect your skills, and be encouraged along the way. They can also offer guidance and advice, and can be someone who you can count on for support. Having a mentor can be a great asset, and can make a significant difference whether in your job, in your faith, and as a new father, to name a few. 
Too many of us in this world try to do things on our own and with our own thinking. Mentors have the experiences to streamline our objectives, who can be an answer to our prayers, and help us to meet God where He is at work in our lives. 
Is Jesus calling you to use your skills to mentor someone, or to perfect your skills to be mentored by someone, for His glory?
How can we pray for you?
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The CMCS Mission: Catholic Men Chicago Southland (CMCS) is engaged in fostering holy and courageous men and proclaiming the importance of husbands and fathers to children and the family. CMCS is a Catholic Apostolate founded in 2004 by Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry, Deacon John Rangel, and Mr. Frank J Casella.
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