“Help me come closer to God by myself.”
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a particular approach to
religious formation with children. It is grounded solidly in Sacred Scripture
and in the Liturgy of the Church, then framed by the educational principles of
Maria Montessori in a hands-on, sensorially rich environment called the
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is based on the belief that God and
the child are already in a relationship. There is a deep bond between
them that produces in the child a desire to draw near to God. In Level 1 (ages
3-6), our role is to assist the development of the child’s relationship with Jesus, the Good
Shepherd, while respecting the child’s dignity and developmental sensitivities.
During our weekly 75-minute sessions, children gather in the Atrium to use simple yet
beautiful materials to encounter and contemplate the most essential proclamations of
the Christian faith. For the child, the Atrium is a place of quiet reflection, silence, and a
place of preparation for participation in the larger worshipping community. Rather than
being a classroom for instruction, it is a place to live out one’s religious life, a place of
community and worship.
You can learn more, go to the United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good
Shepherd or watch this 7-minute CGS video on YouTube.
Note: Children enrolling in CGS must be 3 by August 1st and be potty-trained and
able to use the toilet independently.
If you have questions, please contact Rachael Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org