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CGS Level 1 Formation w/ Jennifer Bell

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Level 1 Formation Course
to catechize the 3-6 year old child


Dates:  Monday - Saturday, August 9-14, 2021, 9am - 5 pm
​Thursday Evenings on Zoom prior to the following Saturdays in person:
October 9, November 13, December 11, January 8, February 12, March 12


 Cost:  $1050.00

(or $950.00 if paid in full up front by August 9, 2021)

$200.00 non-refundable (unless class cancelled) deposit due July 9, 2021

2nd payment of $450.00 due August 9, 2021

3rd payment of $400.00 due October 9, 2021

Register here

pay here


Required books can be found and purchased HERE.

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, as I am mostly working from home during the pandemic). 

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.



Course Description:

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – Level One Training

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based religious formation program for children, beginning at the age of three. It seeks to create and facilitate a sacred, “hands-on” space for children called an atrium, in which both the children and the catechists can hear, ponder, and celebrate the most essential mysteries ofthe Christian faith as revealed in the scriptures and the liturgy. Originally developed in Rome by Dr. Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi over 50 years ago, the Catechesis continues to spread world wide and is used with adaptation in various Christian traditions. This Level I course grounds the participant in the theory and praxis of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd while also concretely preparing her/him to develop and facilitate an atrium for 3-6 year olds.

Course Objectives:

  • To explore with participants the general developmental and religious characteristics of the 3-6 year old child.

  • To facilitate meditation upon the biblical and liturgical themes of the Catechesis.

  • To offer guidelines and assistance to catechists in setting up an atrium for 3-6 year olds, preparing an album, and making materials.

  • To deepen participants’ ability to observe and learn from children, while also exploring avenues for deepening parental and congregational ability to observe and learn from children.

LocationSchool Classrooms
DateSaturday, August 14, 2021
Time9:00 AM - 5:00 PM