GS and Child Podcast | Season 3

Episode 96- MAPS-CGS Degree

“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” Colossians 2:6-7 

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Today we hear all about the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies – Catechesis of the Good Shepherd from Aquinas Institute of Theology!  

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Link for September Information Session that is on September 21st at 4:00pm CT 

Samantha Messier is the current Coordinator for Enrollment Management at Aquinas Institute of Theology, located in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing from Indiana University. Prior to her current role at Aquinas Institute, Samantha’s background includes working in communications and campus ministry at St. Paul Catholic Center in Bloomington, Indiana. To schedule a meeting with Sam: 


Carolyn Wright, MDiv., DMin serves on the faculty of Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri. She teaches in the areas of ministerial formation and Christian spirituality. Carolyn directs the Master of Arts in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (MAPS-CGS) degree program as well as the Theological Field Education program at Aquinas. Carolyn has been a longtime advocate for CGS since she completed both her Level I (2010) and Level II (2011) formations. She is available to talk further about the MAPS-CGS degree program at Aquinas ([email protected] | 314-256-8879). 


Hannah Turchi began her journey with The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in 2011 and is a catechist and Director of Discipleship at St. Robert Bellarmine in Flushing. She is a Level One Formation Leader and has a masters degree in Pastoral Studies and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (MAPS-CGS) from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO. 


Melanie Beyers was first exposed to Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in 2004 as a parent assistant with her oldest child, who was three at the time. She fell in love with the method and materials, and completed her Level I formation in 2008. After serving as a catechist in her parish, Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Saginaw MI, in the Level I Atrium for 10 years, she felt it time to complete her Level II and III formation in 2018 through 2020. She continues as a volunteer catechist at her parish and at the Catholic elementary school her children attended. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Juris Doctor from Michigan State University Law School. She currently works for the federal government as a staff attorney/law clerk, and hopes to make Catechesis of the Good Shepherd a post-retirement focus. Melanie is currently a student in the MAPS-CGS program at the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO, and is about halfway through the program. 



AUDIO VERSION of The Religious Potential of the Child by Sofia Cavalletti, read by Rebekah Rojcewicz.  CGSUSA has created a Premium Podcast Channel for this audiobook through Podbean.  The cost is $29.00 and does include the audio version of all chapters of The Religious Potential of the Child, 3rd Edition all read by Rebekah Rojcewicz.  We have provided both video overview instructions and written instructions on accessing this audiobook.  Please use these resources. Unlike the regular podcast, which will remain free and available on many podcast players/apps, this new resource is available only on the Podbean App, which you may download from the IOS App store or the Google Play App store. Learn more here!  Step by step instructions here! 



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