CGS has BEAUTY—God’s beauty all over it. The Atrium helps to take our faith and make it alive and personal.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help CGS Parent

Are you called to be a catechist?

In Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, adults are given the opportunity to embrace a method of catechesis (or religious education) that deepens your own relationship with God in ways you never imagined. Catechist formation in CGS consists of academic instruction, spiritual formation and lived experience in a sacred space called the atrium. Certification in each level of the atrium requires hours of formation which includes instruction, contemplation and most importantly, prayer. We are blessed at Our Lady to have three atria serving children from preschool to sixth grade. Since 2016, our program has grown to serve over 500 of our parish children; including both those enrolled in our school and our Parish School of Religion. 

As our program has grown, so does our need for certified catechists. Unlike other religious education curricula, CGS knows that there is nothing more important than helping children to grow closer to Christ. Therefore, all catechists receive training in a way that is “retreat-like,” giving time and space to absorb the richness of what it means to live one’s baptismal covenant and grow in the love and knowledge of God.

CGS strives to captivate both the head as well as the heart of our students and our catechists. There is a very holistic approach to adult formation; enriching the adult in a background of scripture and liturgy, theology and prayer, as well as the helping to understand the developmental readiness of children. These help the catechist to see what face of God the child most needs at various ages to grow in their relationship with Him.

The wonderful part of this formation is that the only prerequisite is a love of Christ and a desire to share that love with children! 

Could the Lord could be calling you to follow the Good Shepherd and share in his love with the children of our parish? Would you like to learn more about CGS here at Our Lady? Please reach out, I would love to show you around our atria and answer any questions you may have. 

In Christ,


For information regarding CGS at Our Lady, please contact Julie Dilley at 614.875.3322, extension 326, or emailing her below.

I just thought of something, if you take a pearl from an oyster then it stops growing. I think that’s just like if we stop sharing the Word of God, then the Kingdom stops growing.

OLPH 3rd grader (4th year in the atrium) – Parable of Precious Pearl – independent work

How to become a CGS Catechist

  1. Review the information found at and on this page.
  2. Go to to learn more about the program from a big-picture perspective.
  3. Pray and discern the call to be a CGS catechist
  4. Email Julie Dilley at and let her know you are interested. 
  5. There will be a formal interview process with Julie and possibly members of the clergy.
  6. Attend the Level One Formation Session, June 21-26 and July 26-31, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. See details below!

CGS Catechist Certification

All Catechists at Our Lady of Perpetual Help must be certified. Certification is offered locally within the Diocese of Columbus each summer. Level One Formation provides the theological foundations for catechetical work with children and presents Montessori-based techniques that prepare adults to work with 3-6-year-old children. 

Level One Formation consists of two parts. Upon completion of Parts I and II, participants are eligible to receive a certificate from the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. In order to receive the certificate, participants are expected to attend all sessions or make up sessions, read assigned texts, and observe in Montessori and atrium environments. 

Participants are also eligible to receive advanced catechetical certification within the Diocese of Columbus. Columbus Catholic School teachers can receive CEUs for attendance. 

The course includes all presentations given to the child over a three-year cycle, theological and pedagogical background notes, discussion of observations in Montessori environments, and practicum for presentations, writing album pages and making materials. 

Level One Formation 


St Cecilia Parish, Columbus Ohio

Summer 2021
Week One Intensive June 21-26, 2021
Week Two Intensive July 26-31, 2021
Monday thru Saturday 9 am-4:30 pm