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CGS Catechist Training

Desire to learn more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd? Want to discern your role in this movement at our parishes? Desire to be trained as a CGS Catechist for Level 1 (3-6 year olds)? Want to learn new ways to foster a deeper relationship between God and your child(ren) at home? Want to grow in your faith?

Consider attending the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd training course this coming June 11th-16th, 2018. This is part 1 of a two part course that explores the religious nature, potential, and needs of a child ages 3-6. 

Course Description:

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a Catholic approach to the religious formation of children, 3-12 years of age, based on the conviction that God and the child are in relationship. It was begun by Maria Montessori, who is well-known for her hands-on methodology that carefully meets the developmental, spiritual and academic needs of children. CGS was further developed by Dr. Sofia Cavalletti, a scripture scholar, and Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori educator. A number of Christian denominations have modified the materials and presentations to fit their needs.

Course Objectives:
  • To explore the religious nature and the most vital religious needs of the 3 to 6 year old child.

  • To present the methodology and guiding principles of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Montessori education.

  • To broaden the catechist’s ability to observe and learn from children, to listen with children to scripture, and to deepen the catechist’s enjoyment of God’s presence.

  • To offer guidelines and assistance in preparing the “atrium” environment, making the catechists’ album and designing catechetical materials.

  • To meditate on the scriptural and liturgical themes presented to the 3 to 6 year old child.

To register, please visit this online registration form.

Registration Fee:

For Christ King, St. Bernard, and St. Pius X parish members, each part is $90 (not including books). 

For non-parishioners, each part is $250. 

You can pay by check. Please make checks out to Christ King Parish (Please add CGS 2018 Training in the memo line). You can send them to Christ King Parish/2604 N. Swan Blvd. Wauwatosa, WI 53226.

Book Bundle: 

We strongly recommend that you pre-order and send in payment for the CGS Level 1 Book Bundle ($50), so we can have it waiting for you at the first training session. This is the best price available for these essential books. If you desire this, please add $50 onto your registration fee payment.

The bundle includes the following titles:

  • The Religious Potential of the Child by Sofia Cavalletti
  • Listening to God with Children by Gianna Gobbi
  • The Good Shepherd & the Child: A Joyful Journey by Sofia Cavalletti et al.

For more information on the course, please contact Samantha El-Azem, Tri-Parish Director of Formation for Children at