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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level II Catechist Formation

August 5, 2020 @ 8:30 AM - August 13, 2020 @ 4:30 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.
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, Level II focuses on children ages 6-9, Level III focuses on children ages 9-12.
Level II catechist formation is for adults seeking to serve children who are six to nine years old (or first through third grade). This training is at least 96 hours and continues the themes first introduced in Level I catechist formation. It expands upon those themes according to the developmental needs and capacities of this age child. New themes are also introduced at this level especially around the History of the Kingdom of God, Moral Parables, and the sacrament of Holy Eucharist. Sacramental preparation is also a key component of this catechist formation.
At the end of this course, the participants will receive certification for Level II from the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. (
6-9 Course Objectives
• To explore the religious nature and the most vital needs of the 6-9-year-old child.
• To present the history, methodology, and guiding principles of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
• To meditate on biblical and liturgical themes appropriate for the 6-9-year-old child.
• To broaden the participant’s ability to observe and learn from the child, to listen with the child to Scripture, and to assist the child’s prayer.
• To offer guidelines and assistance in preparing the atrium environment, making the catechetical materials, and writing the catechist’s album pages.
• To deepen the participant’s own enjoyment of God’s gifts.
The Formation Leaders
Annette Witte has been a CGS catechist for over 20 years and a certified CGS formation leader for 10 years, providing formation and guidance in the CGS method of Faith Formation. Her formation has included Levels I, II, and III. Currently, she assists children in Level II at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Grand Rapids, MI. Annette holds a Master’s of Pastoral Studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO. She and her husband, Joe, have five children and three grandchildren.
Marie Farage is a certified Montessori guide and a CGS catechist serving children in Levels I, II and III. She teaches at Lighthouse at McMillan in Muskegon, MI
Course Dates
Part One: August 5-8, 10-13, 2020 8:30am – 4:30pm (8-day course)
Part Two: August 4-7, 9-12, 2021 8:30am – 4:30pm (8-day course)
*Registration is limited to 10 participants
*Completion of Level I course is required
*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
August 5-8, 10-13
Diocese of Lansing Parishioner: $300
Non-Diocese of Lansing Parishioner: $400
Tuition is due in full by July 20
Please make checks or money orders payable to St. Thomas the Apostle (attn. 6-9 Training), or use the electronic link at
Required Texts
Religious Potential of the Child 6 to 12 Years Old
by Sofia Cavalletti
History of the Kingdom of God,
Part 1: From Creation to Parousia
by Sofia Cavalletti
History of the Kingdom of God,
Part 2: Liturgy and the Building of the Kingdom
by Sofia Cavalletti
Religious Potential of the Child (Vol 1)
by Sofia Cavalletti
Listening to God with Children: Montessori Principles Applied to the Catechesis of Children
by Gianna Gobbi
The Good Shepherd & the Child: The Joyful Journey
by Patricia Coulter
Other recommended text
Ways to Nurture the Relationship with God
by Sofia Cavalette and Patricia Coulter
*You can purchase these from the CGS website You are encouraged to purchase these publications in advance so that you can become familiar with the content.
Course Coordinator
Contact: Albert Holder
(734) 794-2075 or [email protected]


August 5, 2020 @ 8:30 AM
August 13, 2020 @ 4:30 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