The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (or CGS) is a faith formation program that seeks to answer the question “what are the vital religious needs of the child at this particular age.”
Using Montessori educational principals, the aim of CGS is to help foster a relationship between God and the child. CGS takes place in the “atrium,” a beautiful sacred environment especially prepared for children. The atrium contains materials such as a model altar, baptismal font, 3-dimensional scenes from the life of Jesus, sheep and a sheepfold, a prayer table and scripture cards. Students are given one-on-one lessons and then invited to work with the materials that go with each lesson. The atrium becomes a place of peaceful work, where the students learn in a deep and profound way about the life of Jesus, scripture, liturgy, and the teaching and traditions of the Catholic Church.
Each atrium session is led by a trained CGS catechist, along with an assistant.