Catechesis Training

The Catechesis Training Program 

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a religious formation experience for children ages 3-12 years old.  It is based on the belief that young children have their own unique relationship with God.  It is the role of the catechist to help foster and develop that relationship.  The work of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is done in a specially prepared environment called an atrium.  In the atrium, children use hands-on materials to explore and meditate upon scripture, prayer, and liturgy.  Together, children and adults reflect on the great mysteries of the Christian faith.  


Program Origins

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori approach to religious formation.  It was developed by Dr. Sofia Cavalletti, a Roman Catholic who was a Hebrew scripture scholar,  and Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori educator, more than 50 years ago in Rome.  Today the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd exists in 37 countries worldwide.  CGS also has a large presence in Birmingham, Alabama in many Christian churches of various faith traditions due to the beauty and richness of the program.


The Level I course is the foundation for the work in the atrium.  Upon completion of the Level I course, participants will have received the entire catechetical work for 3-6 year old children and will receive certification from the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The same goes for a Level II Course completed for the 6-9 year old child and a Level III Course for the 9-12 year old child.


Please contact Stephanie Spinks at 205.933.1140 or via email, so she can assist in registering you and paying the course fee of $600-$900.



Become a Catechesis Leader 

“I am the good shepherd:  I know my own and my own know me, as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. “  John 10:14-15



This course covers the content used in atria with 9-12 year old children. No fee for St. Mary's Parishioners. For others, the course fee is $900. Payable over 3 years. Childcare available in the afternoons Monday-Friday with a reservation and a fee. 

Formation Leader / Anna Hurdle

Ready to become a Leader?

Please contact Stephanie Spinks at 205.933.1140 or via email if you are ready to become a Catechesis Leader.