Catechesis of Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a Montessori-based approach to the religious formation of children, rooted in Sacred Scripture, Liturgy, and respect for the child's rich relationship with God. Central to CGS is the atrium, a room containing beautiful materials that focus the child's attention on key scripture passages or liturgical moments.

Beginning their work in 1954, Dr. Sofia Cavalleti and her co-worker, Gianna Gobbi, developed the catechesis by observing and working with children between the ages of three and twelve. It is the joyful, peaceful response of the children themselves that inspired and determined the content of this unique program.

After an introduction by the catechist, the children are invited to work with a material on their own to continue their meditation. Because children learn by using their hands, working with materials allows them to enter more deeply into meditation, nurturing their relationship with God.

Course sessions include prayer, presentations of materials, background information, discussion of album pages, and work in the atrium.

Age Requirement: This program is for children between ages of three and five.

When are classes: Classes are generally held on Sunday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Contact info: If you would like your child(ren) to experience their faith through this hands-on approach, please contact us. Religious Education Office at 770-267-7637 Victoria Reeves, DRE (

Read More: To read more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, you can visit their website at:

St. Anna's Catholic Church
1401 Alcovy Street, Monroe, Georgia, 30655
Phone: (770) 267-7637 | Fax: (770) 267-0465

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