A formation experience for adults working with the 9-12-year-old child in a parish or school setting.
July 20-27, 2018
0900 - 1700
Ignatius Jesuit Centre #5420 Hwy 6 Guelph, Ontario, N1H 6J2
Level 3 catechists are welcome to audit (take a refresher) or make up days missed previously.
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Registration deadline is June 1, 2018
Please make cheque payable to: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Association of Canada.
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CGSAC Attn: Therese Wright7 Spruce Place, Guelph, Ont. N1E 1R9
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based religious formation for children starting at the age of 3. It seeks to create and facilitate a sacred, ‘hands-on’ space for children called an atrium, in which both the children and their catechists can listen, ponder and celebrate the most profound mysteries of the Christian faith as revealed in Scripture and Liturgy. Founded in Rome by Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi almost 60 years ago, the Catechesis continues to spread world-wide and is used by various Christian traditions.
The Level III course builds on the foundation laid by the CGS Level I & II courses. The Level III course will continue to explore the theology and praxis of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd while concretely preparing the participant to develop and facilitate an atrium for 9-12 year old children. At the successful completion of the course the participant will receive the certificate awarded by the Canadian Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGSAC) honouring 120 course hours of work.
The focus of Level III is the covenant and how God reveals God’s self and is in relationship with us through time: the ‘History of the Plan of God’. This theme will be explored through: typological studies of Hebrew Scripture; the History of the Jewish People; a deeper look at Sacraments introduced in Level I & II as well as Confirmation and the Sacrament of the Sick; work on the miracles of Jesus; an expansion of the level II work on maxims which includes an introduction to biblical virtues and a discussion on organizing “going out” events with the Level 3 children.
Course Expectations (to receive certification)
Required Course Texts for Level 1
Cavalletti, Sofia. The Religious Potential of the Child: 6 - 12 Years Old. Chicago. LTP 2002.
Cavalletti, Sofia. The History of the Kingdom of God. Part I & II. LPT 2013.
Cavalletti, Sofia. Living Liturgy. LTP 1998.
Cavalletti, Sofia. History's Golden Thread. LTP. 1999
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ABOUT OUR FORMATION TEAM Lynne Worthington is a brilliant and entertaining formation leader in her 34th year as a catechist for children and adults. She is certified as a catechist and formation facilitator at all 3 CGS levels by the CGS-USA. She received her Master of Pastoral Studies (MPS) specializing in CGS, from Aquinas Institute in 2012. Carolyne-Marie Petch is a certified formation facilitator for all levels 1-3 across Canada. As one of the founders and past board members of CGSAC, Carolyne-Marie serves a key role on the formation team and in the atrium at St. Benedict’s in Toronto listening to God with children at all 3 levels. She received her Level I formation from Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi.
Dr. Debbie Zeni is a CGSAC certified Level 1-3 catechist & formation facilitator who has led CGS formation courses across Canada, Uganda & Kenya. She received her Master’s in CGS in 2012 and is working on a DMin at Aquinas Institute, St. Louis. As a founding member of CGSAC, she served as a board member for 10 years. Deb continues to devote her energy to CGSAC as a formation committee member, a formation facilitator, and a catechist. PrerequisitesThis course is limited to those who participated in a minimum of Part 1 in 2016 and/or the 2017 Part 1 & 2 courses.
Level 3 catechists are welcome to audit the course. cost: $100/session plus $75 if not a member of CGSAC
Making up days
Those who have taken Level 3 formation but want to make up days missed cost: $70/day
Never let financial hardship be a reason to avoid formation. The Ed Krupica Scholarship is available to members for assistance in tuition cost. Please contact Joe Tanel for an application form by June 1, 2018 by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone at 1-416-574-4039.
Snacks, Meals and Lodging
Coffee, cold drinks and water will be provided. Snacks ‘pot-luck.’
Note: NO disposable water bottles are permitted on campus.
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