The curriculum consists of all the courses in the Essentials of the Catholic Faith program, plus two Catechist Formation courses.

The Essentials and Catechist Formation program is designed to provide an introductory formation for:

  • Catholic school teachers
  • Those not yet ready to enter the full two-year formation process
  • Parish volunteers
  • Parish groups

It does this by:

  • Presenting an overview of the Church’s mission of evangelization and catechesis.
  • Providing skills to assist with the conversion of those they serve.
  • Facilitating conversion in the life of the catechist.
  • Imparting to the catechist the story of salvation history, developing the foundation for Biblical catechesis.
  • Helping participants to know the Deposit of Faith through a systematic and complete study of United States Catholic Catechism for Adults (USCCA).


ESS101 Divine Revelation
ESS102 Foundations of Salvation History
ESS103 Life of Christ
ESS104 Christ and His Mission
ESS105 Celebration of the Christian Mystery
ESS106 Foundation of the Life in Christ
ESS107 Love Your Neighbor
ESS108 Prayer
CAT101 Catechetical Methods and Practice
CAT102 Catechetical Specialization Areas: Children’s Catechesis, Youth Evangelization, and RCIA/Adult Faith Formation.

Classes are offered on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. throughout the year and during a two-week program in June.

Registration Requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Completed registration form


$125.00 (Includes 8 mini-courses of Essentials of the Catholic Faith and the 2 courses in catechesis.) Effective July 1, 2017 tuition will be $150.00 for the series and $20.00 for individual courses.


Catechist Certification Application -06-30-2015 Updated

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Catechist application and session tracker.

Additional Information

Overview of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Certification.