OUR FORMATION TEAM

Helping children draw nearer to God

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Sr. Bibiana Akpana Ikwun

Sister Bibiana is a ​nun of the Congregation of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus (HHCJ) and the superior of Canada Mission. She is the Religious Coordinator in Holy Cross Parish Winnipeg, and serves as CGS catechist in all 3 levels. Through her Sisters, the CGS is being used with the First Nation Communities in St. Boniface Archdiocese. Sister Bibiana is a Level 1 Formation Facilitator and has assisted in Level 1 Formation courses for over nine years.

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Murita Chua

Murita is a Coordinator for Children’s Ministries in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. She is a workshop presenter, mentor, CGS catechist and archdiocesan consultant who has been training catechists in Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) and Liturgy of the Word with Children (LWC) since 2004. She has a Master’s degree in Religious Education, and currently serves as CGS catechist at Reach for the Star Montessori (level 1), St. Francis of Assisi Parish (levels 2 & 3) and level 1 starting September 2021 at Edith Stein Atrium in Saint John Paul II Pastoral Centre. She has been instrumental in the growing number of atria in the Archdiocese of Vancouver since 2012. Murita is a Level 1 Formation Facilitator.

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Trinka Hamel

Trinka began her CGS formation in 2007 and helped develop atria with two communities in Tacoma, Washington. She currently serves as a formation leader for Level I and as a catechist with the Children's Wisdom Center. Trinka spent many years as a speech-language pathologist in a public Montessori school and has a master's degree in Pastoral Studies with an emphasis on Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

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Marty O'Bryan

Marty began her formation in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in 1983 with Sofia Cavalletti, receiving Level 2 formation from her in 1985. That year, she opened the first atrium in the Southwest U.S. at Holy Family Catechetical Center in Phoenix, AZ which became the prototype for atria in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. Maria Christlieb from Mexico City and Rebekah Rojcewicz from the U.S. were also instrumental in her formation as a catechist. Marty continues to work with children in the Toddler, Level 1, 2 & 3 atria and has been facilitating adult formation in Levels 1, 2 & 3 throughout the U.S. since 1991. A retired speech and language pathologist, she holds a Master of Arts degree from Aquinas Institute of Theology in Pastoral Studies with an emphasis on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Marty is a life-long Roman Catholic. She and her husband Bert have four grown sons.

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Paula Rush

Paula went uncertainly to catechesis training in 2006 only to fall in love during the first presentation. Now she is a certified level 1-3 catechist and Level 1 Formation Facilitator. She helped establish and serves at the atrium at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Kitchener, ON. Paula writes a weekly blog for level 1, level 2, and level 3 children, reflecting on the Sunday Gospel readings. She and her husband, Jim, have five children and live in Waterloo, ON.

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Heather Skublics Lampman

Heather is an elementary music teacher and a recognized CGSAC Formation Facilitator. She spent seven years on the CGSAC board, completing her term as chair.  She incorporates Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Montessori methodology in her classroom and in sacramental preparation, and works in both Roman Catholic and Anglican atrium contexts.  Part of the Winnipeg formation team since 2011, Heather introduced CGSAC to Calgary and is still able to say she has been involved in every training there!

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Annette Witte

Annette began her journey in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in 1996. She is recognised by CGS-USA as a Formation Facilitator for both Levels 1 and 2. She serves as a catechist in all 3 levels in her local parish and schools.  Annette holds a Masters of Pastoral Studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO.  She and her husband, Joe, have five children and three grandchildren and live in Grand Rapids, MI.

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Paola Azzuolo

Paola began her involvement with CGS in 1999. She is a Level 1 Formation Facilitator, has offered CGS formation for the Sisters of Charity in Burundi, Uganda and Rwanda and currently serves in a francophone atrium at la Paroisse Sacré-Coeur in Georgetown.

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Kathleen Ennis

Kathleen has been working in the CGS for over 30 years. She mentored with Patricia Coulter and has been a Formation Facilitator for Level 1 since 1991 and Level 2 since 1996. Kathleen served on the International Council for CGS in 1999, 2002 – 2007; was the former coordinator of the CGS program for the Archdiocese of Toronto and currently serves as a catechist at Merciful Redeemer Parish in Mississauga.

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Rosella Lucchitti

Rosella has been working with CGS for over 20 years and is a Level 1 Formation Facilitator. She is currently the Director of the Mary Help of Christian’s Children’s Atrium at St. Benedict’s Parish in Toronto and works in the Office of the CGS for the Archdiocese of Toronto.

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Susan Perna

Susan is a founding member of CGSAC. She began her journey with The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd over 40 years ago and has been trained by its founders. She opened and directed the atrium at St Benedict Parish, Toronto for 20 years, serving hundreds of children and has been instrumental in opening several atria. She delights in training adults to become catechists knowing that each adult trained means that even more children will have the chance to experience this work.

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Ellen Schlosser

Ellen is a Level 1 Formation Facilitator and also has her certificate in Infant-Toddler. She is an active catechist in Levels 1, 2, and 3 and the coordinator of CGS for two parishes in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA.

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Patricia Stenton

Patricia has been working in the CGS for 25 years and has been a Formation Facilitator for all 3 levels of catechesis since 2004. She directs a bilingual Atrium for children of all levels at St. Margaret’s Church in Midland, Ontario.

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Nancy Wood

Nancy established the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in Winnipeg and has been working in this method for over 25 years. She is Montessori trained and has an  MA in pastoral ministry from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota.  She is a spiritual director and member of the Chemin Neuf Community, a community rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

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Anna Boyagoda

Anna is a Level 1 Formation Facilitator and also has her CGS Infant / Toddler Certificate. She currently serves as a catechist at Corpus Christi Parish in Toronto and is the Coordinator for the CGS Office for the Archdiocese of Toronto.

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Linda Funk

Linda is a Level 1 Formation Facilitator and certified catechist at St. Vincent of Lerins Orthodox Church in Saskatoon, SK. Her atrium, which opened in 2010, was the first CGS atrium in Saskatoon and the first Orthodox atrium in Canada. She has been active in helping establish several other atria in the Saskatoon area and in the province of Saskatchewan. A retired piano teacher, she now serves on the Saskatoon CGS committee, helps develop Orthodox adaptations to CGS, is a priest's wife (presvytera), a mother, and grandmother.

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Catherine Maresca

Catherine has been a catechist since 1982 and a formation leader since 1987 in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She studied CGS in a series of summer courses with Sofia Cavalletti and Rebekah Rojcewicz and later assisted Sofia in teaching one of these courses in St. Paul, MN. Catherine is co-founder and catechist of Christian Family Montessori School in Washington DC, which is committed to an affordable education for children ages 3-12 and where the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has been incorporated into the school curriculum. She has also worked as a sign language interpreter for the deaf and is the editor of the much loved CGS songbooks, “Sing with Joy” and “Songs of Love.” Catherine is married with five grown children.

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Carolyne-Marie Petch

Carolyne-Marie is a CGS catechist and Formation Facilitator for Levels 1-3. She is one of the founders and a past board member of CGSAC. Carolyne-Marie continues to "listen to God with children" as a catechist in all three levels in her parish atrium in Toronto. She received her initial formation from Sofia Cavalletti, Gianna Gobbi, and Patricia Coulter.

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Lynne Shioyama

Lynne began her formal journey in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd with training and the start-up of the parish atrium at St. Anthony, Renton, in 2003. She is currently the Coordinator of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at St. Anthony and is a recognized Formation Leader with CGSUSA.

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Joann Terranova

Joann has served as a Pastoral Assistant for Children's Ministry in Catholic parishes in the past. She began her involvement with CGS in 1998. She helped to begin the atrium at St. Michael Olympia, Washington, and currently serves as a Level 2 and Level 3 Catechist. Her ministry as a formation leader began in 2007, and she was recognized as a L2 Formation Facilitator in 2015. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies and Psychology, a Master's in Community Leadership and Master's in Pastoral Studies with an emphasis in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

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Deb Zeni

Deb is a CGSAC certified Level 1-3 catechist and Formation Facilitator who has facilitated courses across Canada as well as  in Nairobi and Huruma, Kenya, and Fort Portal, Uganda. She received her MPS-CGS in May 2012 and is currently working on a DMin. at Aquinas Institute. Deb served on the CGSAC board for 10 years and now enjoys being a catechist and Formation Facilitator, a family physician and a grandmother. Deb is a founding member of CGSAC.