Local Formation


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Formation Course

Level I (PART TWO) April 9-14 2019






 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Formation Course, Level I


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: Experiencing Scripture and Liturgy with Young Children.

If you would like to learn more about this formation please contact the archdiocesen serice fo Catechetics or see the brochure link below. There is a new format this year - one Saturday a month (with one Sundayin November to accommodate the later start date) over a period of nine months.  Participants will complete the course in under one year!  

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.  Minimum 10 participants in total is required, so please register ASAP for planning purposes. Some bursaries are available through CGS or your service of Catechetics.


 A parish's perspective...

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 in 1954, the Catechesis has spread world-wide and is used by various Christian traditions to nurture the child’s relationship with Jesus. The course is presented in the Roman Catholic tradition but includes awareness of material adaptations to the Anglican, Lutheran and Orthodox traditions.

There are three levels of training for adults interested in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd:

  • Level 1 for children 3-6 years of age
  • Level 2 for children 6-9 years of age
  • Level 3 for children 9-12 years of age

Level 1 training must be completed before beginning Level 2 and Level 2 training must be completed before beginning Level 3.

 The Level 1 course lays the foundation of the theory and practices of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for all three levels of CGS. This 90+ hour course concretely prepares the adult to work, to listen to the Word of God and to learn with and from children


Fall Formation Sessions

Annual Fall Formation September Sessions are held for all catechists, coordinators, and those that walk with others in faith.  These sessions are fully sponsored for you by the Service of Catechetics Archdioceses of St.Bonface and Winnipeg.


Catechist Fall Faith Formation 2018 topic was Being a Catechist with Enthusiasm!


Thank you to all participants! Preparing, supporting, learning and praying together for the upcoming year was a wonderful way to engage with enthusiasm as a catechist or helper!

2019 topic TBA remember to invite others from your parish to enhance your experience and team.

Catechist Fall Faith Formation 2017 topic was Sacraments for all catechists and those in catechetical leadership.Thank you for to all participants. Click here to read an article by Denise Wallyen about the fall formation days 2017.



APRIL 4-6 2019

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, through the Episcopal Commission for Evangelization and Catechesis, is hosting the 2019 National Conference on Evangelization and Catechesis on 4-6 April 2019, at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel - Ottawa Airport. The theme of the conference, He Thirsts for You, is inspired by John 4: 4-26 – The Woman at the Well.

Highlights of the Conference included an opening play, He Thirsts for You, written and performed by Catholic playwright Elisa Lollino, as well as the following keynote speakers: the Most Reverend William McGrattan, Father Ron Rolheiser, O.M.I., and Dr. Josephine Lombardi. Additionally, each participant had the opportunity to choose four workshops on a variety of topics related to evangelization and catechesis.

The Western Region of Canada had about thirty participants! Thank you to all participants for a successful conference.



 Online & Distance Faith Formation Courses

St. Paul's College - University of Manitoba

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


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 ...

 Online Faith Formation Courses and Programs

We offer 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. Each course runs five weeks. Take an individual course for interest, or work toward one or all of the 22 specialized Certificates in Catholic Studies.

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



University of Notre dame (Notre Dame, IL)



Ongoing Catechesis:

Finding God 2013 - Loyola Press


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

 Immediate Catechesis (Sacraments):

  • We Prepare for Reconciliation - Novalis
  • We Share in the Eucharist -Novalis
  • Alive in the Spirit - Novalis
  • Come Join Us at the Table - Novalis
  • Blessed -Dynamic Catholic
  • Decision Point -Dynamic Catholic
  • Others in consultation with the Service of Catechetics

Planning a retreat for Confirmation, Youth Group, or Families?

Here are some links to ministries that provide retreats for youth and others:

CSE (local)


RUAH (local)

Brochure          Archbishop's letter

NET Canada (National)


FACE 2 FACE (in Saskatoon, SK)

Website Newsletters


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?



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 www.catechistsjourney.com.



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.