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Course Objectives

To present the guiding principles of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd;

❖ To explore the religious nature and the most vital religious needs of the 3-6 year old child;

❖ To meditate on the Biblical and liturgical themes presented to the 3-6 year old child;

❖ To broaden the ability to observe and learn from children’s spirituality;

❖ To be able to listen with children to Scripture and allow their enjoyment in God's presence;

❖ To offer guidelines and assistance in preparing the atrium, making the catechist's album, and materials.

Course # 1-2258

Feb 15-17, 2024    9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Apr 3-6, 2024
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Wed
9:00 am to 4:30 pm Th-Sat

July 10-13, 2024
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Wed
9:00 am to 4:30 pm Th-Sat

Aug 7-10, 2024
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Wed
9:00 am to 4:30 pm Th-Sat

Clavis David CGS Co-op
1840 W. University Avenue
Wichita, KS  67213

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Formation Leader

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.




Ramie Samour


Ramie Samour began her CGS adventure in 2008 when she was introduced to the work in Anchorage, Alaska and signed up for a formation course in Texas before ever setting foot in an atrium. 


Ramie has received certification in all three levels of CGS formation as well as a certificate in the Seminal Infant Toddler Formation. She is currently in the discernment process of becoming a Level I Formation Leader. 


Ramie met her husband Jake while studying at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family in Washington D.C. where they both graduated as Masters of Theological Studies. They homeschool their 6 children.


Theresa Klinkhammer

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Theresa Klinkhammer fell in love with CGS and its manner of living religious and liturgical life with children.  She is certified in CGS Levels 1-3 and has spent the last six years working in Level 1 and 2 atria while teaching theology and mathematics to 6-12th grade students as her day job.  Theresa's mother, sisters, and sisters-in-law are CGS catechists, and together they have built many atria.  Theresa has master's degrees in theology and education and is currently working on a primary Montessori certification at Mary's Catholic Montessori Training Center in Kansas.  This December in Madison, Wisconsin, Bishop Hying consecrated Theresa as a bride of Christ living in the world.  

Course Requirements

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.

Required books are: 

The Good Shepherd and the Child: A Joyful Journey, 

The Religious Potential of the Child and 

Commemorative Journal: Gianna Gobbi 1919-2002 – Level I Formation.

Submit payment to:

Heartland CGS

1914 Summerwood Ct

Goddard, KS. 67052

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