Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

“The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has been described as the meeting of two mysteries: the mystery of God and mystery of the child.
When we use such a word as mystery, it indicates our attitude of respect and wonder, our recognition that we are standing before something which is at once both knowable and yet beyond our complete comprehension.”
– from the foreword of The Religious Potential of the Child, by Sofia Cavalletti

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS), is a Christian education method for children ages 3-12, quite different than a traditional Sunday School program. Because it is attuned to the developmental and spiritual needs of children, the Catechesis experience is both religious education and spiritual formation. Our focus is on helping each child strengthen his or her personal prayer life, participate more deeply in the Divine Liturgy, and grow knowledge of Scripture and of God’s unfolding salvific work throughout history. This holistic approach to Orthodox catechesis is enriching both our children and the volunteers who serve them, fostering a culture of continual spiritual growth.

In 2013, St. John the Evangelist has instituted the CGS method to serve the spiritual needs of our children. It is our sincere hope that through the information provided in the following pages you will be edified and strengthened in the Orthodox faith and inspired to share the fruits of this amazing approach to Christian education with others in your parish communities.

History of CGS

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) began in the dynamic environment of 1950’s Rome, Italy, as one woman accepted the invitation to prepare some children for their participation in the Eucharist. Dr. Sofia Cavalletti, a well-known Biblical scholar, began this work and was soon connected with Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori protégé. Using the Montessori developmental model as a guide, they undertook an investigation into the spiritual development of children, and sought to help facilitate that growth through a meticulously prepared…

About CGS

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is an approach to the religious education and spiritual development of children that respects the pre-existent relationship between God and the child, and nurtures its continual maturation. By introducing the children first to the parable of the Good Shepherd, they come to understand that God is a person who provides safety, sustenance, and serenity to each and every one of His beloved sheep. The meeting room for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program…