Formation, Trainings and Programs


Emmaus Institute

The Emmaus Institute (launched July 1, 2020) provides live as well as online opportunities for formation of Catholic school teachers, catechists and other ministry leaders, indeed anyone who would like to grow in their Catholic faith.  Providentially during the pandemic, the online option, provided through a partnership with Franciscan University’s Catechetical Institute, provides a large menu of options (300+ courses) for a modest annual cost of $75.  Paths to Basic and Master Catechist Certification and other options can be found at



Called & Gifted

The Called & Gifted discernment process is a program developed by the Catherine of Siena Institute in 1993. Called & Gifted is a three-part discernment process intended to help every Catholic discern their charisms. Charisms, or spiritual gifts, are special abilities given to all baptized Christians by the Holy Spirit to give them the power both to represent Christ and to be a channel of God’s goodness for people (CCC, 798-801). The Called & Gifted process presumes no knowledge of the gifts or background in discernment. Called and Gifted is part of the path for recertification of catechists beginning Fall of 2022 and will be available as an online workshop.

For more information on The Called & Gifted™ Discernment Process, follow the link here.

The Called & Gifted™  information from Catherine of Siena Institute, click here 



Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a sensorial, rich experience for children from the ages of 3 to 12 years that gives children the opportunity to grow in love and knowledge of God through the Christian tradition. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the Church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori.  Central to this program is the Atrium, a sacred space prepared for the children. A place of beauty, the atrium is designed for being with and enjoying God, listening to God’s Word, and praying.

For more information on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, follow the link here.