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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a unique approach to catechesis for children ages 3-12. This can supplement the religious education already present in a parish, or can be used as pre-school catechesis.
CGS was developed in Rome in 1954 and uses a rich Montessori approach to engage young children in age-appropriate, hand-on materials based on Sacred Scripture and Liturgy. The CGS curriculum is designed to nurture a child’s pre-existing relationship with God. The children learn in a specially prepared environment called the Atrium, a sacred and special space where children engage in a process of reflection and interaction. This time spent in the Atrium allows for even the youngest child to build a deep, lifelong relationship with Christ and his Church. Materials are intentionally prepared for the children to cultivate that loving relationship and further curiosity about the divine.

Level I, Level II and Level III 

Training in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd prepares adults to work in the atrium with children. Adults often find the courses to be useful to their own spiritual life as well. A Level I course is preparation for working with 3 - 6 year-old children. A Level II course is preparation for working with 6 - 9 year-old children. A Level III course is preparation for working with 9-12 year old children . Completion of a Level I course is a pre-requisite for participation in a Level II course. Participation in Level III requires completion of both Level I and Level II course. 

Upcoming Trainings

Upcoming trainings for adults will be hosted by Saint Patrick - Saint Anthony, Hartford. For more information visit their website

Learn More about CGS

Watch this short video to learn more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd:

If you have any questions or would like more information contact:

Kelly Henderschedt
Archdiocesan Director of Faith Formation
860-242-5573 ext. 2663