If we want to help the child draw nearer to God,

we should with patience and courage seek to go always

closer to the vital nucleus of things.

This requires study and prayer.

The child will be our teacher if we know how to observe.


Sofia Cavalletti

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an "atrium," a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials they use to help them absorb the most essential proclamations of the Christian faith. 

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a sensorially rich experience for children from the ages of 3 to 12 years that gives children the opportunity to grow in love and knowledge of God through the Christian tradition.

(From www.cgsusa.org)

Current Course Offerings

Level 1 at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Nashville on selected Monday evenings (Spanish translation) beginning August 2013 through June 2014. Trainer: Sister Mary Rose, O.P.


Level 1 Part B at St Philip Church in Franklin, TN on selected Thursday evenings beginning August 2013 through December 2013. Trainer: Sister Mary Rose, O.P.


Level 1 at John Paul the Great Academy in Lafayette, LA on selected dates begun March 2013 through January 2014. Trainer: Sister Mary Rose, O.P.


Upcoming courses

Potential Level 2 Part A course at St. Philip in Franklin, TN beginning spring semester 2014. Contact Sr Mary Rose at smrose@aquinascollege.edu if you are interested.


Level 2 Part B course at Aquinas College on June 23-28 from 8:30-4:00. Trainer: Carolyn Kohlhaas. Registration opens March 1, 2014.


Level 3 first half of course at Aquinas College on July 8-16 (off on July 13) from 8:30-4:30. Trainer: Donna Turner. Registration opens March 1, 2014.

For more information about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, please contact Sister Mary Rose, O.P. Director of Catechetics,
(615) 297-7545, ext. 425 or srmrose@aquinascollege.edu