​​​​​​​​Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

​General Overview

Our mission is to promote the growth of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) in the Archdiocese of Toronto and in Canada, and to ensure the integrity of its programs.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children from birth through adolescence that was introduced in the Archdiocese of Toronto 40 years ago. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd highlights essential aspects of the Christian message that nurture the child’s need to love and be loved and the child’s capacity to enjoy God’s presence in her/his life. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the Church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. One of the key features of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is the use of catechetical materials specially designed for children. Another feature is the use of a prepared environment, called the Atrium, to foster children's religious growth.​

Key Areas​​

  • ​Encouraging, supporting and assisting parishes presently offering the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd​​​.​
  • Providing initial formation of catechists through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Certificate Program (Archdiocese of Toronto/University of S​t. Michael’s College)​​​.
  • Encouraging, supporting and assisting catechists through ongoing formation and collaboration.
  • Assisting all parishes to be aware of and assisted in implementing the CGS in their parish​​​.
  • Continuing communication and collaboration with various ecclesiastic, catechetical and educational institutions and organizations in the Archdiocese and beyond​​.​​​