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Level Two: Formation

For adults working with the 6-9 year-old child 

The Level 2 course lays the foundation of the theory and practices of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for the 6-9 year old child.

This 97+ hour course prepares the adult to develop and facilitate an atrium for this age group.

"Covenant" is the focus of Level 2. We consider God's self-revelation in relationship with us. This theme of Salvation History is explored through the use of timelines of God’s saving presence. We also take a deeper look at the sacraments, and work on the maxims and moral parables of Jesus.  Using the parables of the True Vine and the Good Shepherd, we contemplate the question, “How am I called to live in covenant relationship?” The course is presented in the Roman Catholic tradition but includes awareness of material adaptations to the Anglican, Lutheran and Orthodox traditions.

Come and Learn...

  • to nurture the spiritual needs and capacities of the 6-9 year old child.

  • to engage the child in the work of Level 2 by listening together to the Word of God and proclaiming the Good News.

  • to guide the 6-9 year old into the mystery of the Kingdom of God through the words of scripture and the prayers of the church.

  • to reflect on the words of Jesus, particularly those that guide this child’s moral decisions and actions.

  • to prepare children for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.

  • how to prepare a Level 2 atrium and make some Level 2 materials.


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  • Certificate in Level 1.

  • It is recommended that Part A be completed before attending Part B.

  • Please consult with the Formation Team if you have questions.


  • Attendance at all sessions and engagement in group discussions, prayer, presentations, and reflections.

  • Observe for 10 hours or more in an atrium and/or a Montessori casa.

  • Submit album pages.

  • Complete course readings.

Photography of the Atrium materials is encouraged.

Video recording of presentations is not permitted.

Audio recording of presentations is permitted for personal use only.

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