and seminarians in formation

Part 1    July 17-22, 2023

Part 2    July 15-20, 2024

Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

311 South 5th Street

Colwich, Kansas 67030

Tuition: $700   


Mandie DeVries
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Mandie began her journey with CGS in 2004. She and her husband, Matt, who is also a trained CGS catechist, have six children and both tutor at St. Thomas Classical Academy, an independent Catholic hybrid school. She received national recognition as a Formation Leader in Level I in 2015. She is trained and actively serving in all three levels of CGS, as well as receiving certification in Seminal Infant Toddler Formation in March of 2018. In 2020, she earned a Masters in Theology with a certificate in Systematic Theology from St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. She and her family attend the Basilica of St. John in Des Moines, Iowa.


To receive a certificate as a nationally-recognized CGS catechist in the Level I atrium, participants will be expected to:

  • Attend at least 80% of the 90 hours

  • Read the required texts

  • Participate in writing catechist album pages

Registration will be complete upon receipt of full payment.

Make checks payable to Heartland CGS and send to:

     Heartland CGS

     240 S. Forestview Ct.

     Wichita, KS 67235

      *if tuition causes a financial hardship, please contact us 
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Course Objectives

  • To present the methodology and guiding principles of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for the 3 to 6-year-old child.

  • To explore the religious nature and the most vital religious needs of the 3 to 6-year-old child.

  • To meditate on the Biblical and Liturgical themes presented to the 3 to 6-year-old child.

  • To enrich pastoral practices by beginning to observe and learn from the child, to listen to the Scriptures with the child, and to deepen your own enjoyment of God.

  • To offer guidelines and assistance in preparing the 3-6 Atrium environment, and in making the catechist’s album and catechetical materials.


Course #1-2091

LEVEL I (ages 3-6)


Location: Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church

124 N. Roosevelt St Wichita, KS 67208

Formation Leader: Jennifer Bell


Registration is now closed for this formation course.


Heartland is offering limited scholarships.  Apply here.