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Hosting CGS Adult Formation

Should you have already started Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in your parish or school with an atrium environment and perhaps you have one or two trained catechists as well and now you would like to train more catechists. You may be ready to host a course in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

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What kind of space is needed for such a course?

  • An adult meeting room
  • An atrium: it is very beneficial to help participants capture the vision of this approach to have an atrium – the sacred prepared environment for the children with most if not all the materials needed for the presentations.

Contact our Office of Formation

Please  review the  Characteristics of Official Formation Courses and contact our Director of Formation, Karen Maxwell

She will provide additional information about what is needed for a course and can provide recommendations for formation leaders.

Download and review either the Hosting Information Packet and Checklist – OR – the Checklist for Catechist Formation Registration and Agreement

Please contact our Director of Formation, Karen Maxwell
Please download and review Checklist for Catechist (Course) Formation Registration before completing Course Registration and Agreement Form (next step).

If you have not hosted a course before or have not hosted in several years, you may wish to review all the information detailed in the the Hosting Information Packet and Checklist below. If you are a Formation Leader who also serves as the Course Coordinator or if you serve as a Hosting Site Coordinator regularly, you may wish to review only the checklist before moving on to the Registration and Agreement Form.  The Registration Fee Information and Course Roster Instructions are also included as separate documents as all must agree to these terms when hosting and registering CGS adult formation.

Complete the Course Registration and Agreement for Catechist Formation in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Complete the online Course Registration and Agreement for Catechist Formation in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

  • This is an online form you may complete once you have reviewed the Hosting Checklist.
  • Please be sure to review the Course Registration and Agreement Instructions as these have changed to accompany the new online form.
  • When you complete the online form, you will be able to download a PDF version of the completed form for your records.

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Welcome to CGSUSA

We believe God and the child have a unique relationship with one another. Children need their own place to foster the growth of that relationship. The growth of this relationship is assisted by the adult, but is directed by the Spirit of God within the child.

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What is the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd? The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was born from the joy of the children’s encounter with God. It has been observed that children of the same developmental stage, even those from widely varying cultural backgrounds, respond to elements of the Christian message in the same way.

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In Catechesis of the Good Shepherd adults are given the opportunity to embrace a method of catechesis (or religious education) that will deepen one’s relationship with God. Catechist formation in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is both instructive as well as experiential. It captivates both the head as well as the heart.

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We read in the Gospel of Mark that Jesus sent his disciples out in pairs, two by two; the journey was not meant to be a solitary one. It is essential for us as catechists to support one another as we prepare materials, work in the atrium, and observe the child. We come together in unity, as members of CGSUSA, to share the joy of this work.

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Through their joy, their wonder and awe, their capacity for love and prayer, and their radical simplicity, children offer us adults a glimpse of what it means to fall in love with God. This has been the work of CGSUSA for over 30 years: to advocate for the child’s joy.

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