Formation, Trainings and Programs


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




Called and 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 ordinary lay Catholics in the average parish 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 2021 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 sensorially 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.