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News and Articles about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

In the News

Do you have a news article we could share?  Please email the link to cgs@cgsusa.org.

The Work of Sofia Cavalletti: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
October 22, 2018            Written by Dr. Gerard O'Shea           Published by Franciscan University of Stuebenville
The Catechetical Review

"One of the most striking and commonly reported phenomena of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is that children seem to be able to arrive at profound theological understandings for themselves—without being told." Read more of Gerard's article about the impact of the work of Sofia Cavalletti in

Catholic Education—A Road Map: The Work of Sofia Cavalletti, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.


The Catholic Key: Listening to God with Children
The Catholic Key: Listening to God with Children

February 23, 2018
         Written by Meggan Young                   Published in the Catholic Key
Diocesan Newspaper, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph

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.


OSV Weekly highlights CGS: "How to Engage Children in Faith"

December 15, 2017          Written by Sarah Dickerson              OSV Weekly
Our Sunday Visitor


The specially prepared environment of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) atrium is wonderful for grounding young children in the fullness of the Catholic faith through direct encounter with child-sized scriptural and liturgical materials. Engage the hands to activate the brain! The pace of modern life is an affront to all of us, and especially to the very young child. CGS is helping to reclaim and model a healthy pace of life for children and families.

CGS in the Harrisburg Diocesan Paper

November 29, 2017        Jen Reed                                                   The Catholic Witness
The Diocese of Harrisburg

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.

 


We Are One Body (WAOB) Interview with Bishop David Talley at 2017 Fall Assembly of the USCCB, Baltimore, MD

November 17, 2017            Father Boniface Hicks, OSB                         We Are One Body Catholic Radio

Interview with Bishop David Talley at 2017 Fall Assembly of the USCCB, Baltimore, MD
Listen to the conversation from Nov 14, 2017, 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.
Thank you to We Are One Body Catholic Radio. (Recorded at the 2017 Fall Assembly of the USCCB, Baltimore, MD)


Hands-On Learning Apporach Taking Shape at More Schools

February 3, 2017           Written by Maureen Lodoen                   Published on CSCOE website - The Catholic Schools Center of Excellence, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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."

Read more here
 

At New York Catholic Bible Summit, 500 Study Scripture

June 24, 2015                 Written by Christe L. Chicoine               Published in the Catholic New Yorker
Before leading the Angelus at the New York Catholic Bible Summit, Cardinal Dolan acknowledged the allegiance to the faith of the 500 in attendance. “To see—thanks be to God—a crowd like this on a Saturday summer afternoon who are so interested in God’s Holy Word in the Bible, thanks be to God,” the cardinal said to those gathered in the gymnasium of Cathedral High School, 350 E. 56 St. in Manhattan, June 20, 2015.  Read more here

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

October 16, 2014             Written by Catherine Johnston             Published in Northwest Catholic
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.” Read more here.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd’ opens national office in Scottsdale

August 28, 2014                                                                                      Published in the Catholic Sun
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. Read more here.


Unique Program Helps Kids Internalize God’s Love

 April 28, 2014                  Written by S.L. Hansen                    Published in the Southern Nebraska Register
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 began in 1954, when a Montessori instructor named Sofia Cavaletti was asked to develop a religious education program for young children. With her coworker Gianni Gobbi, the pair spent a number of years developing an intuitive approach to guiding children to understand Christ and their relationship with Him.  Read more here.

Magazine Articles

Catechetical Leader
September 2015 Issue
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Where a Child can Fall in Love with God
Written by Mary Heinrich


Pastoral Liturgy 

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: A Way of Experiencing God 
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. Read more here.

America 
The Faith of a Child 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.” Read more here. 


On the 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)