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Course Objectives

  • To explore with participants the general developmental and religious characteristics of the 9-12 year old child.

  • To facilitate meditation upon the biblical and liturgical themes of the Catechesis.

  • To offer guidelines and assistance to catechists in setting up an atrium for 9-12 year olds, preparing an

  • album, and making materials.

  • To deepen participants’ ability to observe and learn from children, while also exploring avenues for

  • deepening parental and congregational ability to observe and learn from children.


Course # 3-00308

July 23-26, 2025  
October 22-25, 2025
April 8-11, 2026
June 24-27, 2026
9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

Clavis David Co-op
1840 W. University
Wichita, KS 67



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Formation Leader

Donna Turner

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Donna Turner will be our formation team leader. A catechist since 1994, she has experience working with children in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in Level I, Level II, and Level III. Donna has been a Level III catechist for 24 years at St. Philip Episcopal Church in Memphis, TN. She has been a Formation Leader since 2001. Donna is the Co-Director of the Good Shepherd Center in Memphis, TN. She serves CGSUSA as a member of the Formation Committee and Episcopal Committee and assists with the Level III Materials Manual. Donna and her husband, Bob, live in Germantown, TN.

Course Requirements

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

  • Attend at least 80% of the 128 hours

  • Read the required texts

  • Participate in writing catechist album pages.

Required books: (note: these books are also required for Level II. If you do not have them, they will be provided.  Please contact us if you need them.) 

  • Religious Potential of the Child 6 to 12 Years Old - 2nd Edition by Sofia Cavalletti

  • History of the Kingdom of God, Part 1: From Creation to Parousia by Sofia Cavalletti

  • History of the Kingdom of God, Part 2: Liturgy and the Building of the Kingdom of God by Sofia Cavalletti

  • Life in the Vine by Rebekah Rojcewicz

Course Assistant

Angie Bielefeld


Angie Bielefeld began working with children in the Atrium through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in 2001. She is a certified CGS catechist in Levels I, II, and III and serves children in all three levels at Casa Dei Bambini in Wichita, KS. She is also a recognized formation leader by the National Association of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for Levels 1 and 2.  Angie helped to bring CGS to several parishes in the Wichita Diocese. She currently serves on the Casa Dei Bambini Board of Directors, a ministry she helped found in 2018, whose mission is to offer CGS to all children and families in the Diocese of Wichita. Angie has served on formation teams in the dioceses of Wichita, Dodge City, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Arkansas, and Kansas City. Angie has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Pittsburg State University. Angie is a wife and mother to eight children.

Recommended books: 

  • History of the Jewish People (Adult Supplement) by Sofia Cavalletti

  • Ways To Nurture the Relationship with God by Sofia Cavalletti and Patricia Coulter

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