Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a prayerful, peaceful method of presenting Scripture and the Truths of our Faith to young children in an atmosphere of tranquil joy. It has been used in parishes and schools across the world for more than 60 years. CGS takes place in a prepared space called an Atrium. This space has developmentally appropriate materials for students which will allow them to develop their relationship with Christ through Sacred Scripture and the Traditions of the Catholic Church.

  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a faith formation experience for children ages 3-12. It is based on the belief that children can and do experience God.
  • Central to the Catechesis is the Atrium, a special room created to nurture the child’s spirituality with beautiful handmade materials that focus the child’s attention on key moments of the Mass and Sacred Scripture.
  • Children grow in their relationship with the Good Shepherd through through prayer, contemplation of Gospel passages, singing, silence, and more.

If you would like to  learn more, please visit

une 14-16 and June 19-21, 2023
At Immaculate Conception Elementary school
314 Vine Street, Traverse City, MI

CGS Catechist Training Flyer

This formation course is for the first half of Level I (formation of children ages 3-6) and will be lead by Sister Maria Teresita, OP,  a Nashville Dominican Sister who is affiliated with the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGSUSA). Upon the participants’ completion of the course and its requirements, they will receive Level I Catechist Certification. 

Note: This summer 2023 training is for the first half of Level I; training for the second half will be scheduled for similar dates in summer 2024.

Cost for the course is $250 which  covers the certification fee, books, materials, and a contribution to the trainer stipend.

Limited space is available. 

Questions? Contact Gina Weick, Event Coordinator, (810) 265-3606,

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