Certification Courses

Certification Courses

Current Courses

LEVEL I, Part 1 at Sts. Peter and Paul, Seneca, Kan.

LEVEL II, Part 1 at Sts. Peter and Paul, Seneca, Kan.

LEVEL III, Part 1 at Holy Trinity, Lenexa, Kan.

Upcoming Courses

LEVEL I, Part 1 at St. Paul, Olathe, Kan.

LEVEL I, Part 2 at Holy Trinity, Lenexa, Kan.

LEVEL II, Part 1 at Holy Trinity, Lenexa, Kan.


The Good Shepherd calls his sheep by name and leads them out. Are you being called to listen to God with the children?

Catechists, or “religion teachers,” in the prepared environment called the atrium come from many walks of life: college student, young parent, empty-nester, career person, priest, teacher, grandparent are only a few. What they all have in common is a love for children and a love of their faith as well as the belief that the Master Teacher is God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Adults who complete the formation courses for each level are certified through the National Association of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Courses generally are 14 to 16 sessions over one or two years, depending on the host parish or school, and they account for 90 to 120 hours of class time. Usually each level’s course is divided into two parts of seven to eight sessions each. Formation leaders are certified through the National Association under the umbrella of the International Council (Consiglio) of CGS in Rome.

If your parish or school wants information about hosting a course, please contact the SonFlower Board at CGSKsMo@Gmail.com.


Many different courses are scheduled, either continuing second parts of current courses or beginning parts of new courses. A contact person is listed and a brochure for each described below. Feel free to download the brochure and send to whoever you think may be called to this work.

Catechists enrolled in past SonFlower courses may audit all or parts of a course of their Level at no additional tuition. This is a good way to make up missed presentations and reflections or to help clarify them. Request a syllabus from the contact.

Because Level I course participants are registered with the National Association under the course they started, they are encouraged to remain with their initial group as they move to Part 2. Level II course catechists are expected to take the parts in chronological order, though in special circumstances, the parts may be reversed. Refer questions to a course’s contact person.

*** UPCOMING FORMATION COURSES ***

LEVEL I, PART 1: #1-1384
      • Sept. 16, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, 2017; Jan. 20, Feb. 10, March 10, April 14, 2018
      • Part 2 dates to be determined
      • Scheduled 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      • St. Paul Parish, Olathe, Kansas
      • Registration deadline Sept. 2, 2017
      • Contact Veronica Donegan, 913-671-9625, vero.donegan@gmail.com
      • Brochure 1-1384-1 St. Paul 2017
LEVEL I, PART 2: #1-1305
      • Sept. 23, Oct. 28, Nov. 18, 2017; Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 24, April 21 (graduation), 2018
      • Scheduled 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      • Holy Trinity Parish, Lenexa, Kansas
      • Registration deadline Sept. 9, 2017
      • Contact Jo Thornley Cox, 816-522-3002, kcmojo@gmail.com
      • Brochure 1-1305-2 HT 2017
LEVEL II, PART 1: #2-466
      • Sept. 9, Oct. 7, Dec. 2, 2017; Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 3, April 7, 2018
      • Part 2 dates to be determined
      • Scheduled 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      • Holy Trinity Parish, Lenexa, Kansas
      • Registration deadline Aug. 26, 2017
      • Contact Pat Domann, domann@saint-johns.net
      • Brochure 2-466-1 Holy Trinity 2017
If your parish, school, or atrium would like information on scheduling a course, please contact the SonFlower Board at CGSKsMo@gmail.com.
*Applications for financial aid may be requested through National CGS at www.CGSUSA.org, the SonFlower Region at CGSKsMo@gmail.com, or the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kan., at Grant Application. Applications generally are due a month before the registration date.

*** CONTINUING FORMATION COURSES ***

LEVEL I, PART 1: #1-1385
      • June 8-11, July 6-9, 2017
      • Part 2 dates to be determined
      • Scheduled 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      • Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Seneca, Kansas
      • Registration deadline May 25, 2017
      • Contact Angie Hammes, 785-294-0442, angiemhammes@gmail.com
      • Brochure 1-1385-1 Seneca 2017
LEVEL II, PART 1: #2-469
      • June 8-11, July 6-9, 2017
      • Part 2 dates to be determined
      • Scheduled 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      • Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Seneca, Kansas
      • Registration deadline May 25, 2017
      • Contact Angie Hammes, 785-294-0442, angiemhammes@gmail.com
      • Brochure 2-469-1 Seneca 2017
LEVEL III, PART 1: #3-237
      • May 31, June 1-3, Aug. 9-12, 2017
      • Part 2 dates to be determined
      • Scheduled 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      • Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Lenexa, Kansas
      • Registration deadline May 17, 2017
      • Contact Julie Baltuska, 913-492-4842, johntentwentyeight@yahoo.com
      • Brochure 3-237-1 Holy Trinity 2017
Applications for financial aid may be requested through National CGS at www.CGSUSA.org, the SonFlower Region at CGSKsMo@gmail.com, or the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kan., at Grant Application.  Applications generally are due a month before the registration date.