Course Details

2-00747

Level II (ages 6-9)

Immaculate Conception Church

801 W Chapel Hill Street

Durham, North Carolina 27701
Start Date: 01/05/2024
End Date: 11/03/2024
Part One Dates: Jan 5-7, Feb 16-18, Apr 12-14, 2024 (3 sessions)
Part Two Dates: May 24-26, Oct 4-6, Sept 13-15, Nov 1-3, 2024 (4 sessions)

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Formation Leader: Lynne Worthington
Site Coordinator: Joel Musser
Phone: (919) 808-2944
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Format: Long weekend
Course Notes: Conducted within a prayerful environment, this formation will include presentations given to the 6–9-year-old child in a three-year cycle as developed by Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi from within the Roman Catholic tradition. Official Episcopal/Anglican adaptations in nomenclature, materials, and presentations will be noted throughout the course and included in the group album pages, and assistance in adapting materials and presentations will be available for people in these or other traditions.

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