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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 the Hosting CGS Formation Information Packet before completing the Catechist Formation Registration and Agreement Form

Please contact our Director of Formation, Karen Maxwell

Please download and review Hosting CGS Formation Information Packet before completing the Course Registration and Agreement Form (next step).

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 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.

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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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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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