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The Catholic Key: Listening to God with Children

Diocesan Newspaper, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph      February 23, 2018         Written by Meggan Young     

Across the world and in many of our local parishes, young children are reflecting on Sacred Scripture, learning the rich meaning of each part of the Mass, and growing deeply in relationship with God through prayer, through a program called “Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.” Read about the work of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.


CGS in the Harrisburg Diocesan Paper

The Catholic Witness, The Diocese of Harrisburg          November 29, 2017        Written by  Jen Reed                                                 
The Diocese of Harrisburg highlights a hands-on Montessori-based approach to Catholic religious education, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd fosters children’s growth in their relationship to God via Scripture and liturgy.


Hands-On Learning Apporach Taking Shape at More Schools

CSCOE Website               February 3, 2017           Written by Maureen Lodoen
Read about how the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is being used in catholic schools in Minnesota. The artilce states the CGS “boasts both a rich history and a bright future for faith of the young Catholic students of our archdiocese.”


Catechesis Of The Good Shepherd Celebrates A Child’s Relationship With God

Northwest Catholic        October 16, 2014             Written by Catherine Johnston
TACOMA – At St. Patrick Parish in Tacoma, 7-year-old John Paul Lund leads other children in prayer as they sit in the atrium, a sacred gathering space where “the mystery of God meets the mystery of the child.” 


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd’ Opens National Office in Scottsdale

Catholic Sun      August 28, 2014
SCOTTSDALE — The National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd opened its national office Aug 24 at the parish life center located at Our Lady of Perpetual Church in Scottsdale. For more than 60 years, children have been nurtured in their relationship with God through the prayerful encounters they experience through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. 


Unique Program Helps Kids Internalize God’s Love

Southern Nebraska Register      April 28, 2014                  Written by S.L. Hansen              
LINCOLN – Parishes who are interested in offering an effective religious education programs for preschoolers and kindergarteners may be interested in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Training for instructors will be offered this summer at the parish hall of St. Leo Church in Palmyra.


The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Where a Child can Fall in Love with God

Catechetical Leader     September 2015 Issue     Written by Mary Heinrich


The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: A Way of Experiencing God 

Pastoral Liturgy Magazine       Written by Barbara Matera 
When God called Abraham, asking him to go to “a land that I will show you,” the man of faith left everything he knew and followed. Like Abraham, the founders of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd—Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi—left the comfort and familiarity of lives they had led in response to a call. Their call came not from heaven or a burning bush—it came from a group of children. 


The Faith of a Child

America Magazine     September 15, 2008 Issue     Written by Ann M. Garrido
Few catechists in this country could have predicted the popularity of a religious education movement called the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. “In 1985, I sent a personal Christmas card to everyone in the United States who was involved in C.G.S.,” Tina Lillig, director of the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, told me. “I think I needed 23 stamps. Last month we sent out our annual mailing to 1,400 association members, and we estimate that there are an additional 900 or so people who are actively working in C.G.S.” As national director for 13 years, Lillig has seen interest steadily grow and spread, but nothing prepared her for the present. “Now we are receiving inquiries from dioceses as far away as the Philippines, Tanzania and Pakistan,” she says. “Suddenly it is something of a wildfire.”




On the Radio


LISTEN to the conversation between Bishop David Talley, Bishop, Diocese of Alexandria, LA. and Father Boniface Hicks, OSB, a Benedictine from the Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, PA. on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. (November 14, 2017)  Thank you to We Are One Body Catholic Radio.



LISTEN as Jen Brown and Bruce McGregor from Spirit Catholic Radio’s Morning Show in Omaha, Nebraska talk with Mary Mirrione about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. (May 19, 2015)



LISTEN as Matt Swain from Sacred Heart Radio’s SonRise Morning Show in Ohio talks with DanTeller about Montessori education and the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. (March 12, 2015)