Catechesis Around the World

Websites Dedicated to Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

  • The National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Home of the national association for CGS in the United States this website provides introductory information about CGS, locations of CGS atria around the United States, formation leaders and dates of upcoming courses for adults, and a members only section which provides on-line documents, materials manuals, and other resources for catechists.
  • La Asociación Colombiana para la Formación Religiosa Católica  A comprehensive Spanish-language website for catechists working in Columbia offering information about courses in Montessori education, catechesis formation, history of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, locations of atria in Columbia, and so on.
  • CGS Las Vegas Home page for a regional association of catechists working in or near Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
  • Catechese van der Goede Herder – The official website of the national assocation for CGS in the Netherlands which offers course information, links to catechesis sites world wide, a regular blog and Twitter feed, multi-media links related to catechesis, and a deep well of resources for catechists. For another site for catechesis in the Netherlands, please see De Kathedraal which is the web page dedicated to CGS associated with the St. Catherine’s Cathedral in Utrecht.
  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Association of Canada Home of the national association for CGS in Canada this website provides locations for atria in Canada, information on formation and certification, and a members-only section.
  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Ireland – The official website of the national association for CGS in Ireland provides information on the history of CGS there since a 1958 visit by Sofia Cavalletti and offers information about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Ireland atria locations, catechists, upcoming formations, and contact information.
  • Center for Children and Theology Homesite for the annual Weaving our Gifts conference for catechists, a lovely blog, publications related to CGS and Montessori, and other materials and knowledge supporting the spiritual life of children.
  • The Guild of the Good Shepherd an organization which supports the work of CGS in churches of different denominations across New England
  • Den gode hyrde katechese Home for the catechesis in Norway this site offers information about formation courses, the theological basis and historical origins of the program, biographies of the major figures in catechesis in Norway, lists of Norwegian language publications related to catechesis, and other resources.
  • Katechese des guten Hirten A German-language website for the association of catechists in Germany which offers information related to the locations of atria, history of CGS, a calendar for formation courses, and other resources for catechists.
  • Organizacion Nacional de la Catequesis del Buen Pastor – The website for the national association of catechists in Mexico which offers information related to the locations of atria, history of CGS, a calendar for formation courses, an online bookstore with the largest collection of Italian to Spanish translations of core CGS texts, information for priests, and other resources for catechists. The site also offers support to bilingual atria and gives insight into the work of CGS in other countries around the world. 
  • Katecheza Dobrego Pasterza – A webpage for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in Poland.  Check here for events in Europe such as upcoming formation courses.

Inspirational and Informative Blogs Related to Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

  • Atrium du Bon Berger – A blog from France which explores Catechesis of the Good Shepherd from a catechist’s point of view and provides information about the types of presentations given to the three different age groups in CGS: Level 1 (3-6 year olds), Level 2 (6-9 year olds) and Level 3 (9-12 year olds).
  • CGS Las VegasReflections upon Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, children’s art work in the atrium, CGSUSA events, and so on by a catechist from Las Vegas, Nevada.  This site also includes a picture gallery of atria from across the country and a catalog of CGS materials (made to the specifications of the on-line materials manual) which may be ordered from the home business of the catechist and her husband.
  • CGS Reflections – Reflections of a home school mother who has established an atrium and atrium time for her children in her home 
  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: St. David’s Church – A thoughtful collection of observations by Level1 and Level 2 catechists at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas.  The blog explores the work of children in CGS from both a catechist’s and a parent’s perspective, and it provides links to resources for parents of children in their atria which will be useful for other atria as well.
  • Discovering Sunday School – An insightful, well-written blog by an AMI certified Montessori teacher which explores aspects of Montessori’s work as it relates to Sunday school classrooms.
  • Discovery Moments A blog by a parent and catechist which looks at atrium life, materials, and presentations in the midst of her happy life.
  • Seeking the Plan of GodA blog by a catechist working in an atrium with children from multiple levels.  Regularly updated with posts about record keeping, a love of pin maps, and observations of the work of the children.
  • St. Philip’s Atrium A blog by several catechists of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Durham, North Carolina which provides information about CGS in general and insights into the work of the children within the parish’s three levels of atria
  • Tending His Sheep – Observations of an Episcopal priest, catechist, and mother on her work in Godly Play and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
  • Thoughts from the Sheepfold An active blog by Leslie Swaim-Fox, Director of Religious Education at Christ Episcopal Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Here Ms. Swaim-Fox provides insights into the program for adults whose parents attend atria, updates on children’s work within her parish’s atria, and background information on the CGS in general.
  • We Have to Be Ready – A blog from an Episcopal priest familiar with Godly Play who is participating in Level 1 formation for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

8 thoughts on “Catechesis Around the World

    • Jourdan –

      I am so pleased to hear from you! I am adding your links to the page ‘Catechesis Around the World” on this blog, and of course I will pray for you and for your work! All of us in this work grow through the prayers of others!

      Kay Brizzolara

  1. Thank you for these links. Do you know if there is any contact person for CGS in Italy? We need to make a set of CGS materials translated into Italian.

    • Sr.,

      Absolutely there are contacts for CGS in Italy. It began in Rome and continues there and elsewhere. The materials were all originally created in Italian, and all of the original publications were written in Italian. So you can access these and not create your own translations. Send your questions to

      Best wishes and peace be with you.


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