Children's Faith Formation
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is an approach to the religious formation for children ages 3 to 12 that is rooted in the Bible, the Liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori.
Beginning in 1954, Sofia Cavalletti, a Hebrew and Scripture scholar and member of the Vatican commission for Jewish-Christian relations, and her colleague, professor Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori trained educator, developed the Catechesis by observing and working with children at the Children’s Centre in Rome, Italy. Children gather with catechists in an “Atrium”, a space prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials. They use these items to help them absorb the most essential proclamations of our Catholic faith. CGS is presently used in over 37 countries around the world, and many Dioceses throughout the United States.
“If we want to help the child grow near 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 himself will be our teacher if we know how to observe him.”