Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Training Registration

Course Description

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based religious formation program for children, beginning at the age of three. It seeks to create and facilitate a sacred, “hands-on” space for children called an atrium, in which both the children and their catechists can hear, ponder, and celebrate the most essential mysteries of the Catholic faith as revealed in the Scriptures and the Liturgy. Originally developed in Rome by Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi fifty years ago, the Catechesis continues to spread world-wide. This course will ground the participant in the theory and praxis of CGS while also concretely preparing him/her to develop and facilitate an atrium for 3-6 year old children.


Course Objectives

- To explore with participants the general developmental characteristics and religious characteristics of the 3-6 year old child.

- To facilitate meditation on the biblical and liturgical themes of CGS.

- To offer guidelines and assistance to catechists for setting up an atrium for 3-6 year olds, preparing an album, and making materials.

- To deepen participants’ ability to observe and learn from children while also exploring avenues for deepening parental and congregational ability to observe and learn from children.

Course Details


Level I, Part I Dates: June 22-24, 29-July 1, 2020

Time: 8:30 am—4:00pm

Level I, Part II Dates: June 21-23, 28-30 2021

Location: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (218 10th St. South, Moorhead, MN 56560)

Tuition: Level I, Part I: $185 (Includes National Certification Fee)
Level I, Part II: $150

Note that tuition can be paid by check or online. Checks should be written out to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and must be recieved before training starts for your spot to be saved. If paying online, you will be automatically be directed to Paypal after submitting this form.

Need Childcare? Contact Kate Haugrud for options at (218) 236-5066, ext. 120


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