What is Formation?
The Good Shepherd calls his sheep by name and leads them out. Is he calling you to listen to God with the children?
Catechists, or “religion teachers,” in the prepared environment called to the atrium come from many walks of life: college students, young parents, empty-nesters, career persons, priests, teachers, and grandparents 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 – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Adults who complete the formation courses for each level are certified through the United States Association of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Courses generally are 15 to 18 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 comprises two parts of seven to nine sessions each. Formation leaders are certified through the U.S. Association under the standards set by 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 Formation.Leader.Rep@cgsksmo.org.