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Fall Formation

Fall Formation Sessions (St. Boniface, Winnipeg, MB) 


Annual Fall Formation September Session are held for all catechists, coordinators, and those that walk with others in faith.  The call fo the catechist (why me?) is explored, the use fo gifts and talents (yes, you have many!), ways to prayerfully approach and grow in this unique ministry, as well as practical methods and programs are explored.

 Fall Dates 2017 TBA


   Online Faith Formation Courses



Newman Theological College (Edmonton, AB)

Newman Theological College offers a comprehensive selection of courses on various aspects of the Catholic faith. All are offered online, so you can study from the comfort of home and work around your personal schedule. Take an individual course for interest, or work toward one or all of the six specialized Certificates in Catholic Studies.

This program is open to adults and youth of all backgrounds and education levels.

College has recently created the Benedict XVI Institute which offers a Certificate in Catechesis through non-academic on-line courses. To see about the program and courses offered click here ...



University of Notre dame (Notre Dame, IL)



    The six tasks of catechesis constitute a unified whole by which catechesis seeks to achieve its objective: the formation of disciples of Jesus (National Directory for Catechesis (NDC), #20). This course will address the six tasks of catechesis as introduced in the General Directory for Catechesis (1997) and affirmed in the National Directory for Catechesis (2005). To see about this course and STEP Theology Online click here...

Local Formation

 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Association of Canada (St. Boniface, Winnipeg, MB)

 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Formation Course, Level I, Part A (foundation for all other Levels)

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a program of Christian formation, for children 3-12 years of age, which is based on the Bible and liturgy of the church. Inspired by the principles of Montessori education, it was begun in Rome in 1954 by Sofia Cavalletti, author of The Religious Potential of the Child and has spread throughout the world.  

NEW Level I course in September 2016!  New format this year - one Saturday a month over a period of 10 months.  Participants will  complete the course in just one year! The course will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish 2588 Roblin Blvd.  The course is a wonderful formation for anyone wanting to grow in their faith! The course will be facilitated by Heather Lampman and Nancy Wood, with the assistance of Sr. Bibiana, Regina Ramos-Urbano, and Maureen Foster-Fernandez.  Please register by August 29.  Minimum 10 participants in total is required, so please register at your earliest convenience. Some bursaries are available through CGS.

Click here for Level I Poster 2016-17

Click here for Level I Brochure 2016-17

Please print the poster to share with others and feel free to send the brochure to people you think might be interested.   


A parish's perspective...

St. Paul's College - University of Manitoba

  Click here to learn more about St.Paul's College situated on the University of Manitoba

Day of Reflection (St. Boniface, Winnipeg, MB)

Our Annual Day of Reflection in June brings us together as we seek to explore and share the goodness of God through our ministry works and through our personal experiences.During the day there will be time for group and personal prayer and reflection, sharing of your experiences and time to just be and enjoy the day!This annual retreat day is a wonderful way to rejuvenate after a full pastoral year fo service and before we enter into our summer months.

2017 June Date TBA

 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

From the Peaceful Place Atrium
Photo: Judith Gustafsson
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Christian Ministry for children aged 3-12 years that is based on the Bible and liturgy of the church; it is inspired by the principles of Montessori education. This Ministry provides:
  • An opportunity for children to fall in love with Jesus, the Good Shepherd, in a child-friendly space called an atrium – located in a church or school.

  • Guided play to aid meditation on Bible scripture and the mysteries of the Christian faith once a week - in small groups, facilitated by trained adults (catechists).

  • That each child's unique spiritual needs and abilities are respected and nurtured.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is recognized as a ministry offering religious formation for children by the Anglican and Catholic Churches of Canada.

Please Contact Sr. Bibiana Akpana Ikwun for upcoming dates of formation.


Three Minute Retreat

Click here or on the photo below for the Loyola Press Three Minute Retreat: A Work in Progress.

Additional Formation

 Called to be a catechist?


Shannon tells you brieflly what you need to know about the Church year on this edition of Saints & Seasons. 



Catechist Online Support & Webinars from Home

Thank you for saying yes to the ministry of the catechist!

Today, growing as a catechist can be convenient and customized to fit your personal schedule.  If you have your own family or a demanding work schedule or aging parents to care for, your vocation as a catechist can still be a nourishing and fulfilling response to God's call.  A vareity of formation opportunities await you.  Just a click away there is information, support and formation ready to meet you where you are in your journey of faith as you hear and echo the Word of God to others. 

 Finding God 2013 (Loyola Press)

Our ongoing parish and home catechism program Finding God has many online support resources for catechists and coordinators (DREs).  There are also parent materials available.  Click here to explore the support materials available.

In this series of seven webinars, parishes and catechists Loyola Press presents ways to introduce you to the program for grades 1--6 and assist you in planning a successful, and reflecting on a faith-filled year using Finding God.



3-Dimensional Catechist (Catechist's Journey)

In this pre-recorded series of Webinars, Forming a 3-Dimensional Catechist, Joe Paprocki leads catechists through formation exercises designed to help them grow in these three critical areas: Being, Knowing, and Doing.  Published on 3 Sep 2013 Learn more at



Documents and Reference Materials

General Directory for Catechesis (IntraText)

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church


Catechesi Tradendae

Evangelii Nuntiandi

 New Resources for Formation 

 Visit our Resourse Library Section of the website for New Arrivals and to reserve materials.

The Archdiocese of Saint Boniface Resource Library contains a wide variety of religious materials: videos, DVDs, cassettes, CDs and books. These materials are available to enrich any religious education program as well as one's spiritual journey.