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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd L1 Formation Course

Catechesis of

The Good Shepherd

Level I Formation Course

Part 1: June 25 - June 30, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (early end on Saturday)

Part 2: June 24 - June 29, 2019

Cost for week 1:  $450.00

Total Formation Cost (summer 2018 and 2019):  $900.00

There are also 3 books required to purchase.



​Please contact Kathy Folan, Director of Family and Youth Ministries with any questions.  (415) 674-0446 or kathy@stdominics.org.


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

If we want to help the child grow near to God, we should, with patience and courage...
seek to go always closer to the vital nucleus of things. This requires study and prayer.

The child himself will be our teacher if

we know how to observe him.”
Sofia Cavalletti

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

(from cgsusa.org) Please see the website for more information.



L I Formation Course Themes History of the Catechesis of
The Good Shepherd and it’s characteristics

The Spiritual Preparation of the Adult

The Religious Characteristics and Needs of the Child of every age

The Environment of the Atrium, what it is and how to prepare it for the child of age 3-6 +

Montessori Theory and Practical Life Presentations, especially as it pertains to the young child

Presentations to offer and listen to Scripture with the child of age 3-6 +

Presentations to offer and ponder the elements of Liturgy with the child of age 3-6 +

How to prepare an album and make materials.

Formation Team:

Jennifer Bell ~ is formed in all 3 levels of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She has been a catechist for 18 years and is a CGSUSA recognized formation leader for level 1. She has been a Children’s Ministry Director for the past 15 years at an Episcopalian parish, overseeing atria at every level and acting as a L1 & L2 catechist. She works as a L3 catechist at a Catholic Montessori School. She has formerly worked for educational non-profits and is trained as a tutor specializing in dyslexia. Jennifer has recently completed a 3 year course in the Art of Spiritual Direction, receiving her diploma Spring 2017. She will lead groups in spiritual discernment and sees individual clients.

Elizabeth Calanchini ~ is an AMI trained Montessori directress and guide for children ages 0-12. She is formed in all 3 levels of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and has assisted in formations of all levels on both coasts for several years. Since 1991 she has worked in 3 different Catholic Montessori schools, most recently as both a Level 2 & 3 catechist and Director of Programs for 6 years. In the last position she was able to continue developing toddler catechesis and was asked to offer the Toddler Breakout Sessions at the 2014 International Catechesis Celebration in Arizona. For several years she has offered 2 or 3 retreats a year to children preparing for sacraments and celebrating Lent ages 6-13. Elizabeth has consulted independently for a handful of Catholic Montessori Schools and parishes and has offered Montessori Theory and Practical Life to catechist groups.

Jennifer and Elizabeth ~ became a natural Formation Team after hosting and assisting Formation Leaders in several courses of all levels of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd under the same mentorship. Together they have assisted or lead level 1 CGS formations for the Missionaries of Charity novices in San Francisco, CA for the last 6 years.

LocationSchool 1st Floor
ContactKathy Folan, 415-674-0446, kathy@stdominics.org
DateMonday, June 25, 2018
Time9:00 AM - 5:00 PM