Letter of Reference
Applying to Enter the CGSAC Formation Facilitator Apprenticeship
You have been asked to write this letter of reference for a catechist applying to enter the Formation Facilitator Apprenticeship with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Association of Canada (CGSAC). Formation Facilitators lead courses to form adults as catechists in the method known as the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS).
Thank you for your interest in this catechist and your support of this ministry. Please answer all questions that apply to you and feel free to add other comments. YOUR RESPONSES WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL.
1. a) In what capacity have you known this catechist?
1. b) How long have you known this catechist?
2. From your observations, what seems to indicate that this catechist operates out of “a sense of being called” to the work of ministering to children and adults?
We would like to hear about your experience of working with this catechist, whether in the atrium, in a parish ministry, or in another context. As you are able, please share your thoughts on the catechists' particular strengths in each of the following areas and provide supporting examples when possible.
3. In what ways have you seen this catechist exhibit passion and enthusiasm for the method of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd? What aspects of work does this catechist particularly seem to enjoy or to excel at? (being with the children; working with parents; organizing and coordinating the program; making materials for the atrium; sharing the work with others...) Does this catechist have a natural rapport with children?
4. We would also like to hear about this catechist’s manner of working with other adults. Can you name any ways in which this catechist has identified gifts in and supported the development of other adults? Can you comment on this catechist’s capacity to collaborate and to welcome others into their work? Is this catechist comfortable working with individuals at different places in their faith journey? Is this catechist comfortable speaking about their faith with others, praying with others, and leading others into deeper contemplation of the mysteries of God?
5. Tell us about this catechist’s general characteristics. How has this catechist demonstrated motivation, reliability, flexibility, emotional maturity, good judgement, a capacity to be decisive, and a willingness to “pitch-in”? Does this catechist have the confidence to receive feedback offered in support of further development as a faith leader? In which of these areas does this catechist most need to experience growth?
Formation Leaders actively practice their faith through prayer, regular attendance at Mass/The Holy Eucharist, and involvement in their church community. They seek to deepen their relationship with God through ongoing study of Scripture and Liturgy.
6. What have you witnessed of the faith life of this catechist? What gifts has this person been given to help them answer the call to work fruitfully as a catechist?
CGSAC Formation Facilitators must demonstrate clarity in both written and oral communications, possess the organizational and administrative skills to coordinate all aspects of a course, exercise humility, patience and exhibit a capacity for confidentiality. Please comment on the following leadership / adult educator qualities of this catechist:
7. a) Public Speaking Ability: (e.g. speaking about CGS at parent meetings or parish gatherings; speaking about faith to adults through other church ministries such as Baptism preparation)
7. b) Organization/Administration Ability: (e.g. setting up an atrium and coordinating the CGS ministry, or assisting with the hosting of a formation course. Please feel welcome to offer examples of organizational and administrative abilities outside of CGS)
7. c) Style of Leadership: (e.g. modelling positive and respectful interactions with children and their families, fellow catechists, church staff or co-workers)
8. Based on what you know about this catechist, what would be the three key strengths she/he would bring to the work of leading adult formation courses?
9. Based on what you know, what areas could this catechist strengthen, if any, in order to better serve in this role?
10. We are required to ask the following question: Do you know any reason why this catechist should not be around children or young people?
11. Do you recommend this catechist for acceptance to the CGSAC Formation Facilitator Apprenticeship?