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 Catechesis Formation

“CGS is a common religious experience involving children and adults in which the religious values of childhood, primarily those values of contemplation and enjoyment of God, are predominant.  This experience is shared in a place particularly prepared for the religious life of children called the Atrium.” 

      Registrations are now being accepted for both the Summer and Fall Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I Formation Courses being offered at Saint Thomas More University Parish in Indiana.  These Level I Formation Courses have been opened up to individuals around the United States by the national organization for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  
 This adult formation offers a way of growing in and rediscovering our own unique personal relationship with God seen through the eyes of the child three to six years of age.  It fulfills several requirements for Basic Certification in the Diocese. 
      For more information and any further questions about the formation courses, please contact Mary Beth Palko or Diane Cawley at Saint Thomas More University Parish at 724-463-2277 or 

Fall Course

Summer Course

​November 20, 2021

​​May 7, 2022
​November 21, 2021
​​May 21, 2022
​January 15, 2022
​​June 11, 2022
​February 19, 2022
​​July 16, 2022
​March 19, 2022
​​July 29, 2022
​April 17, 2022
​July 30, 2022

 Fees and Materials

Registration Fee: $400.00
(Payable to St. Thomas More University Parish)

If you are applying for the Francis Fund, the applications must be submitted to the diocese no later than:

  • September 1, 2021 for the Fall Course
Required Reading:
Follow the link to purchase your Level I Formation Course Recommended Readings: 

  •  The Religious Potential of the Child , 3rd Edition
  • Listening to God With Children
  • The Good Shepherd and the Child: A Joyful Journey, Revised and Updated, 2nd Edition
Suggested Materials for Note-taking and Album Page Work:
  • You will also want to bring a means of taking notes during the course. This may include a notebook, writing utensil and/or a laptop.
  • Many have found a 3-ring 2” binder, 2 sets of page divider tabs and page protectors helpful in organizing their album page work.


Upon completion of the Level I Formation Course, a certificate will be issued from the National Office and presented during the last session by the formation leader, to participants in the cohort who have fully participated in the course.
Catechists in the Diocese of Greensburg who obtain this Level I certificate will fulfill the first requirements necessary for Basic Certification in the diocese and will satisfy varying levels of the Training and Catechetical Certification Process.

 Formation Leader

Mary Beth serves as a catechist in all three levels of the atria at Saint Thomas More University Parish where she is the Director for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Youth Ministry.
      A nationally recognized CGS Level I Formation Leader, she has permanent certification in the Diocese of Greensburg and has also obtained her master’s degree at Aquinas Institute for Theology in Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
Mary Beth and her husband Phil have raised three children.
She continues to share the pure joy of this work with others as her journey continues.