GS and Child Podcast | Season 3

103- Friendship of Catechists with Mary Heinrich

“Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.” —1 John 4:11  

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Mary Heinrich discusses with us the value of friendship in this work as well as different networks you can set up to help sustain this desired support and community. 

Mary is the Membership Coordinator for The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Prior to joining the staff, Mary served on the CGSUSA Board of Trustees for seven years. Mary has also served as a Director of Faith Formation in the Catholic Church for twenty-nine years, as well as a consultant and editor for religious education publishers.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri. Her husband, Kurt is a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Des Moines and teaches theology at the local Catholic high school, is a Level One catechist, and enjoys making materials for the atrium.  Their daughter, Clare, is the elementary faith formation coordinator at her Church, working in the Level One and Level Two atria. When not immersed in CGS, Mary enjoys reading, art and spending time with her family. 

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Other Episode with Mary: 

 Episode 31 – “Even Now” A Lenten Reflection with Mary Heinrich 

Further Reading: 

Read Tina Lillig’s article Life of the Catechist online  

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