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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."

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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

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

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.

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)