GS and Child Podcast | Season 2

Episode 57 – Celebrating the Life of Tina Lillig

I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing.  I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.” John 15:15 NAB

Tina Lillig has been described as a visionary religious educator, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother.  She was instrumental both in bringing the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd to her community in Oak Park, IL and also in the growth of the United States Association of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  She was a dear friend to so many in our work and so on this week of Valentine’s Day we would like to remember our Valentina.  There are many many people who loved Tina and who have stories to share about her and so today we would like to share with you a few of those starting with her beloved husband, John.

As John spoke about, we have the Tina Lillig Memorial Fund to financially support the growth of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  It is a source of scholarships and grants for missionary outreach to organizations working to open atria in under-served regions in the United States.  To learn more about applying for funds from the Tina Lillig Memorial Fund or if you would like to financially support the Memorial Fund please read more today.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in a Parish Setting Revised by Tina Lillig

Life of the Catechist: The Necessity of Friendship for the Catechist from the 2000 Journal by Tina Lillig

A Celebration of the Life of Tina Lillig from the 2011 Journal by Barbara Schmich Searle

Tina from the 2011 Journal by Carol Nyberg-Caraviotis


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