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Applying to Enter the CGSAC Formation Facilitator Apprenticeship

Ruth Ann McClure

Recommendation Form

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You have been asked to write this recommendation for a catechist applying to enter the Formation Facilitator Apprenticeship. Formation Facilitators lead courses to form catechists in the method known as the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS).

This form has been prepared to assist  you. Each question is comprised of prompts designed to help you consider one aspect of this candidate's capacities as a future formation leader; each prompt does not need to be treated as a separate question. Please answer all questions that apply to you and feel free to add other comments. YOUR RESPONSES WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL.

Background Information

1. a) In what capacity have you known this catechist?

1. b) How long have you known this catechist?

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Personal Traits

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.

2. In what ways have you seen this catechist exhibit joy, passion, and enthusiasm for the Catechesis of the  Good Shepherd? 

In being with the children; in working with parents; in organizing and coordinating the program; in making materials for the atrium; in sharing the work with others…

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3. 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? 

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Faith Life

4.   Please 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”?  In which of these areas does this catechist most need to experience growth? Does this catechist have the confidence to receive feedback offered in support of further development as a faith leader?

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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. 

5. 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? 

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6. Is this catechist comfortable speaking about  their faith with others, praying with others, and leading others into deeper contemplation of the mysteries of  God?


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 facilitator qualities of this  catechist:

7. 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.

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8. 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.  

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9. Based on what you know about this catechist, what would be the three key strengths s/he would bring to the work of leading adult formation courses?

10. Based on what you know, what areas could this catechist strengthen, if any, in order to better serve in this role?

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11. We are required to ask the following question: Do you know any reason why this catechist should not be around children or young people?

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12. Do you recommend this catechist for acceptance to the CGSAC Formation Facilitator Apprenticeship?  

Your Privacy

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (the "CGSAC") is committed to preserving your right to privacy. We ensure that the confidentiality of your information is maintained and the collection, use and disclosure of your information is in compliance with the applicable provincial and federal privacy laws. The personal information collected through this process is not distributed to any private organizations except as stated in this document and is not used for commercial marketing. Your information will be used as part of the record for recognition as a CGSAC Formation Facilitator. Any personal information you provide to the CGSAC is managed in accordance with Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and other applicable federal and provincial privacy legislation. If you have any questions about the collection of your personal information, or wish to view the full privacy policy, contact

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