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The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a shared religious experience, taking place in a specially prepared environment for the children called the Atrium. This Montessori program recognizes the dignity of the child and their capacity to fall in love with Christ, and how children have a unique relationship with God, particularly before the age of six. Adults are called to nurture this relationship, all while directed by the Holy Spirit.
Parents are critical in this program, as with their child they embrace the awe and wonder, exploring life together with the primary sources of the bible, liturgy, and our Catholic faith.
Ways to serve in this world-respected model include, but are not limited to, trained catechist, assistant, artist, woodworker, calligrapher, and sewer. Called by name to serve in any capacity? Contact Brenda at [email protected]/ 770.842.0253.
Training in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
In Catechesis of the Good Shepherd adults are given the opportunity to embrace a method of catechesis (or religious education) that will deepen one’s relationship with God. Catechist formation in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is both instructive as well as experiential. It captivates both the head as well as the heart. It has a holistic approach for the adult, enriching the adult in a background of scripture and liturgy, theology, and prayer, as well as the pedagogy of the young child, helping the adult to see what face of God the young child most needs in order to enter into a relationship with God. Therefore, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd requires the adult to receive training in the method in a way that is “retreat-like,” giving time and space to absorb the richness of what it means to live one’s baptismal covenant and grow in the love and knowledge of God.