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CGS Level 2 Training

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Level 2 Formation Course
To catechize the 6-9 year old child

Part 1:  August 2-7, 2021, 9-5
Part 2:  August 1-6, 2022


Cost:  $1050.00

(or $1000.00 if paid in full up front by August 2, 2021)

$200.00 non-refundable (unless class cancelled) deposit due July 2, 2021

2nd payment of $450.00 due August 2, 2021

3rd payment of $400.00 due July 1, 2022

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Please contact Kathleen Folan, Director of Family and Youth Ministries at St. Dominic's, with any questions.  Kathy@stdominics.org or (415) 567-7824 x111 (leave message while Shelter in Place is in effect).

Formation Leaders:

Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell is a Catechist of the Good Shepherd.  Drawn to Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) by the atrium experiences of her own children, she has worked regularly for 20+ years in “atria” with children 3-12 years old.  She is a CGSUSA Formation Leader locally and Internationally and is on the seminal Formation team of Infant-Toddler Catechesis.  Jennifer has been delighted to share CGS in Formation of the Sisters of Missionaries of Charity in San Francisco and Rome since 2013. She is a Spiritual Director working with individuals and groups.



Emma Kane

Emma Kane is a catechist of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She discovered the gift of CGS while searching for a child centered way to share the faith with her own children. She has received formation as a catechist for Levels I - III (3-12 years of age) and has also participated in the seminal Infant-Toddler CGS formation course. She worked for six years with the children in the atrium of the Stanford Catholic Community and is currently serving at the St. Dominic’s Level II atrium.



Course Description:
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is Christian formation for children ages 3 through 12. It is based on the belief that children do experience and form an authentic, faithful relationship with God. The vision for this faith experience began in 1954 by two Roman Catholic women, Sofia Cavalletti, a Hebrew and Scripture scholar and her colleague Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori trained educator.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is grounded in scriptural and liturgical study framed by Montessori’s principles of education. At the heart of the catechetical work for the Level II child is the image Jesus gives of our relationship with him: I am the Vine and you are the branches (John 15:1-11). The child explores the invitation Jesus gives us to have a closer relationship with Him and the call to remain with Him.

With the visual of several timelines, the vastness, unity and gifts of the Kingdom of God are presented to six to nine-year-old children. This material captures their imagination and provides them with a view of the work from God’s eyes. Scripture studies help the children to see God’s presence and work in history from creation to redemption to that time yet to come – Parousia – when God will be all in all.

In Level II, the children explore more fully the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist. The sacrament of Reconciliation is introduced as part of a special preparation the children receive for Solemn Communion celebration. Scripture studies that began in the Level I atrium with the 3-6 year old children are broadened for the 6-9 year old children and include a selection of maxims and moral parables given by Jesus as a model for behavior. Their prayer lives are also nurtured through preparation and celebration of communal prayer services.

The Level II Course builds upon the foundation of the Level I work with 3-6-year-old children and prepares catechists to work with 6-9-year-old children.

The objectives of this course are:

  • To explore the general developmental characteristics and the most vital religious needs of the Level II child.
  • To meditate on the Biblical and liturgical themes presented to the Level II child as provided by Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi.
  • To further the catechist’s ability to observe and learn from the elementary age child and nurture with sensitivity the child’s spiritual nature.
  • To offer guidelines and assistance in preparing the atrium, making the catechist’s album and materials for the Level II atrium.

Required Reading (Books can be purchased at CGSUSA.org.):


Cavalletti, Sofia. The Religious Potential of the Child, 6-12 years old. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2002 (RPC II)


______. History of the Kingdom of God, Part 2, Liturgy and the Building of the Kingdom. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2013.  (HKG 2) [Formerly Living Liturgy]

Montessori, Maria. To Educate the Human Potential. Oxford, England: Clio Press, 1994.


See CGSUSA.org for more information about this beautiful and rich method of passing on our faith to children.

LocationSchool Classrooms
ContactKathy Folan, 415-567-7824x111, kathy@stdominics.org
DateWednesday, August 04, 2021
Time8:30 AM - 5:00 PM