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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I Catechist Formation

August 3, 2020 @ 9:00 AM - August 8, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

About the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is an approach to the religious formation of children, 3-12 years of age. It originated in 1954 with the founding of the children’s center or “atrium” in Rome by Sofia Cavalletti, a biblical scholar, and Gianna Gobbi, an educator of children and teachers.
The goal of Level I (ages 3-6) of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is to help the child enjoy and be in love with God, first proclaimed as Jesus, the Good Shepherd. Such a relationship is the strongest possible foundation for life-long spiritual growth and moral living.
Children hear the Gospel by working with sensorially rich, but simple materials, keyed to scriptural or liturgical moments. Central to this program is the Atrium, a sacred space prepared for the children. A place of beauty, the atrium is designed for being with and enjoying God, listening to God’s Word, and praying.
Implementation of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd requires training for adults at each level or age group: Level I focuses on children ages 3-6. The training course features 100 hours of lectures, participation in discussions, lesson presentations, assistance with preparing materials and the catechist’s album. The Level One course is foundational for all three levels of CGS.
At the end of this course, the participants will receive certification for Level I from the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. (
3-6 Course Objectives
• To explore the religious nature and the most vital religious needs of the 3-6-year-old child.
• To present the methodology and guiding principles of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
• To broaden the catechist’s ability to observe and learn from children, to listen with children to scripture and to deepen the catechist’s enjoyment of God’s presence.
• To offer guidelines and assistance in preparing the “atrium” environment, developing the catechist’s teaching album, and making catechetical materials.
• To meditate on the scriptural and liturgical themes presented to the 3-6-year-old.
The Formation Leaders
Pam Turchi has been involved in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd since 2007. She assisted in building Level I, II and III at St. Robert in Flushing, has been a catechist in all three atria and was certified as a Level One Formation Leader in 2018.
Hannah Turchi began her journey with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in 2011, and is a catechist and Director of Religious Education at St. Robert Bellarmine, Flushing. In 2018, Hannah was certified as a Level I Formation Leader, and is currently enrolled in the Pastoral Studies and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (MAPS-CGS) graduate program at Aquinas Institute in St. Louis, MO.
Course Dates
Part One: August 3-8, 2020 9am-5pm (6-day course)
Part Two: August 2-7, 2021 9am-5pm (6-day course)
*Please bring your face masks, coffee mug, and sack lunch. As an alternative to bringing a sack lunch, each day, there will be an option to order lunch at your own expense. Orders will be taken from one food vendor and delivered to our site.
*Our safety procedures for COVID-19 include: face mask requirement, daily participant prescreening, classes held in the Parish Hall and School Gym to allow for a minimum of 6 feet spacing, air conditioning system will provide fresh air intake, and daily enhanced cleaning and sanitizing by EPA approved products, per CDC recommendations.
Tuition for Part One
Diocese of Lansing Parishioner: $250
Non-Diocese of Lansing Parishioner: $350
Tuition is due in full by July 20
Class size is limited to 25 participants.
Please make checks or money orders payable to St. Thomas the Apostle (attn. 3-6 Training), or use the electronic link at
Three Required Texts
The Religious Potential of the Child
by Sofia Cavalletti
Listening to God with Children
by Gianna Gobbi
The Good Shepherd and the Child, A Joyful Journey
*Order from the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
Phone (708) 524-1210
Or from Liturgical Training Publications at
*Please purchase prior to the course as there will be preparatory reading assigned.
Other Recommended Reading
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in a Parish Setting
by Tina Lillig
The Development of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
by Sofia Cavalletti
Course Coordinator
Contact: Albert Holder
(734) 794-2075 or [email protected]


August 3, 2020 @ 9:00 AM
August 8, 2020 @ 5:00 PM
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Contact Name
Albert Holder
Contact Phone
(734) 794-2075
Contact Email
[email protected]
Contact Website
Location Name
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
Location Address
530 Elizabeth Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Diocese of Lansing