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 Trainings Start Spring 2020

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.

Level I

Training will be held at:

Saint Patrick - Saint Anthony Church
Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry
285 Church Street, Hartford, CT 06103

 

 Training will be held 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the following days:

  • May 30 - May 31, 2020
  • July 6 - 10, 2020 
  • September 12 - 13, 2020
  • November 7 - 8, 2020
  • January 9, 2021 (January 16 snow date)
  • March 13 - 14, 2021
  • April 17 - 18, 2021

Click here for a Level I brochure and registration form.


 Level II

Training will be held at:

Saint Patrick - Saint Anthony Church
Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry
285 Church Street, Hartford, CT 06103

 Training will be held 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the following days:

  • July 6 - 10, 2020 
  • September 12 - 13, 2020
  • November 7 - 8, 2020
  • January 9, 2021 (January 16 snow date)
  • March 13 - 14, 2021
  • April 17 - 18, 2021

Click here for a Level II brochure and registration form.


 Level III

Training will be held at:

Saint Patrick - Saint Anthony Church
Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry
285 Church Street, Hartford, CT 06103

 Training will be held 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the following days:

  • July 20 - 24, 2020
  • October 24 - 25, 2020
  • November 14 - 15, 2020
  • March 20 - 21, 2021
  • July 19 - 23, 2021

Click here for a Level III brochure and registration form.


Learn more about CGS


 To learn even more about CGS, go to the National CGS website.

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This course is generously supported by the
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If you have any questions or would like more information contact:

Kelly Henderschedt
Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis
860-242-5573 ext. 2653

Kelly.Henderschedt@aohct.org