• "The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an amazing approach to a contemplative catechesis for children, as developed through the work of Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi. "CGS" is more than a catechesis for children. I believe that it is one of the new renewal movements for the Church, given to us by the Lord... allowing us a new way to receive and experience the gifts of the Lord through a contemplative listening of the Word and an active participation in the Sacraments of His Presence. I was introduced to this work while pastor at Saint John Neumann and it has affected my own spirituality in a powerful way. Please allow me this personal request... to come and see how the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd may be a blessing in the lives of your people... the children and the teens and the adults of your parish community." Bishop Talley completed CGS training Levels I and II

    The Most Reverend David P. Talley, M.S.W., J.C.D.
    The Most Reverend David P. Talley, M.S.W., J.C.D. Former Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS), a religious formation methodology for children ages 3-12, unites adults and children in a common religious experience.  Based on Montessori principles of education, CGS was developed in Rome in 1954 by a Catholic Hebrew and Scripture scholar, Sofia Cavaletti.  Children learn in a specially prepared environment called the Atrium, a sacred, “hands on” space where catechists and children hear, ponder and celebrate the most essential mysteries of our faith as revealed in Sacred Scripture and Liturgy. Catechists in the Atrium receive specific training in the methodology. Materials are carefully prepared to foster in children the inherent longing for a relationship with God and curiosity about the elements of our faith. Learn more about CGS

The Office of Evangelization and Discipleship provides local Parish Catechetical Leaders support and sponsors catechist formation.

  • Sponsorship of formation for Catechists
  • Scholarship programs for support of CGS in parishes
  • Resource for information and formation
  • Information on parishes offering Catechesis of the Good Shepherd


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CGS Training

CGS Resources

Level 1 CGS information

The primary focus of level 1 is preparation to serve three-to six-year-old children. Click here for a brief explanation of Catechist Formation criteria for level 1.

The National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Website

The National Association website includes information about upcoming formation, conventions, and retreats. It also includes resources for parents, a contact list for CGS resources, and information for catechists about materials and manuals. CGS related publications are available for purchase through this site.

Office of Evangelization and Discipleship CGS Print Resources

The resources in our library are available for parishes wishing to borrow. Visit our online library catalog and contact us if you want to check out any items.

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