Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Formation Training

Level I Formation Training

Part A May 14 - 18  - $300 

Part B May 20 - 24 - $300

 Level 1 Part A & B (May 14-18 & May 20-24) - $400

Weekdays 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sundays 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tuition will be generously sponsored for all Diocese of New York and New Jersey participants; only a $35 registration fee is required. Lunch will be provided during each training day.


Formation Courses are the method by which the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is offered to adults. Adults will have the opportunity to see and practice presentations and work with materials given to children in a specific age group. The courses serve as both an educational experience and a retreat, forming the adult to serve the child.

Each formation course includes preparation in giving the presentations (the lessons) to the children, provides a solid background in the Montessori educational approach, and instructs in the theological underpinnings of this work. The Formation Leader assists the adult catechist in writing an album of lessons, how to prepare the learning environment, and how to make the experiential materials for the children’s work.

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Observers are welcome to come & see training in the process!

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For more information, contact Mat. Tamara Cowan

Department of Christian Education

Diocese of NY & NJ


Shelley Finkler, a Catechist and Formation Leader for the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, serves as the Director of Christian Education for St. John Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Eagle River, Alaska. She has been a CGS Catechist for 12 years, a Formation leader for 6 years, and trained adults in the method at Saint Herman’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, OCA Diocese of NY & NJ, and many Orthodox parishes nationwide.

Catechisis of Good Shepherd at HTOC

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church
46 Seymour Street
Yonkers, NY 10701

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