Young preschool child with hands-on Montessori Catechesis of the Good Shepherd materials

"Though you have hidden these things

from the wise and the learned,

you have revealed them to the childlike."

Matthew 11:25


The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a distinct approach to catechesis, through which the youngest children build deep, lifelong relationships with Christ and His Church.


Originating in Rome in the 1950s, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd uses a rich Montessori approach to engage children as young as 2 1/2 in age-appropriate, hands-on materials, based on Sacred Scripture and the Liturgy.


Because it engages children so profoundly, it has become the best approach to young children's catechesis in a growing number of dioceses, parishes and schools around the U.S and the world, including here in the Diocese of Sacramento.


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Greater Sacramento is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that supports CGS in parishes and schools in the diocese. It also offers catechesis to children up to age 12 through affiliation with the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. In 2018-19, we have families from over 20 different parishes in five counties enrolled. Although CGS Greater Sacramento is not a diocesan agency, its board members and catechists pledge fidelity to the Magisterium and to the Bishop of Sacramento.


To hear interviews about CGS on Immaculate Heart Radio, click here for the 8/26/2015 interview, or click here for the 2/26/2014 interview. To view a short video about CGS, just click the screen below.


Parents, parish staff and others say they didn't understand CGS until they saw it in person. To schedule a visit, click here to contact us.


Participants in the Greater Sacramento Atrium can click here for documents.


Applications for 2019-20 catechesis at the Greater Sacramento Atrium in Elverta are no longer being accepted. Click here to contact us to get on the mailing list for next year.