Accompaniment is a relationship in which a person assists and supports another in making a passage through a life experience or transition. In the context of youth ministry within the church, it is a mutually transforming relationship between an elder and a younger person who is helped to make the passage through adolescence into spiritual maturity, "to the measure of the full stature of Christ." (Ephesian 4:13). In this passage, the accompanier seeks to reveal to them their deepest beauty and identity in Christ and assists them in discerning their unique gifts and vocation in the service of God's reign.
Accompaniment is a process of discerning the vocation in life to which God is calling a person. It brings a person to a free choice of saying yes or no to a vocation to which they have experienced a sense of being called by God. It is a formal arrangement with a diocese or religious community in which the person is accompanied in their discernment by a priest, sister or brother.