From the Peaceful Place Atrium
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The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Christian Ministry for children aged 3-12 years that is based on the Bible and liturgy of the church; it is inspired by the principles of Montessori education. This Ministry provides:
  • An opportunity for children to fall in love with Jesus, the Good Shepherd, in a child-friendly space called an atrium – located in a church or school.

  • Guided activity to aid meditation on Bible scripture and the mysteries of the Christian faith once a week - in small groups, facilitated by trained adults (catechists).

  • That each child's unique spiritual needs and abilities are respected and nurtured.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is recognized as a ministry offering religious formation for children by the Anglican and Catholic Churches of Canada.

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3-day National Gathering October 20 to 22,
Notre Dame de la Providence Retreat Centre, Ottawa Ontario
"Leap for Joy"
  • Click here to download and print your information brochure (PDF) and

  • Click here to download and print your reminder poster (PDF)

You may still easily renew your membership in the CGSAC for 2017
  • Please go to the Membership Information page where you may either renew online or print your form and mail your cheque.
    ... and we welcome new members as well ...
  • Please print our Annual Appeal Letter and pass it along to family, friends and folks in your Parish.

Upcoming Formation Courses


  • Winnipeg, MB: Level 1 – Starts September 2017 with dates through to June 2018 – Brochure coming soon!
  • Guelph, ON: Level 1 – Dates TBD – late fall 2017 through June 2018 over 5 weekends – more to follow
  • Saskatoon, SK: Level 1A – Delayed until the Fall 2017 – dates to be determined – Click here to download your copy of the Saskatoon brochure (PDF) – contact Cynthia Foster by e-mail lc.foster@sasktel.net for information
  • Vancouver, BC: Level 1A – August 14 - 18, 2017 – course information and registration resources are located at the Archdiocese of Vancouver web site – Click here to download your copy of the Vancouver brochure (PDF) – contact Murita Chua by phone at 604-683-0281 ext: 50210 or e-mail mchua@rcav.org for more information
  • Ottawa, ON: none currently scheduled, contact Susan Perna at formation@cgsac.ca for information
  • Ottawa, ON: southeast in Russell, ON – Level 2A – July 5 - 9, 2017 – Level 2B to follow in 2018 – Click here to download your copy of the Russell brochure (PDF) – contact Meghann Baker by phone at 613-370-6371 or e-mail meghann.baker@yahoo.ca for more information
  • Guelph, ON: Level 3 – given in 3 parts – August 8 - 12 and 14 - 18, 2017 and July 21 - 27, 2018 – at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre – Click here to download your copy of the Guelph brochure (PDF) for this course – Contact Therese Wright, therese.wright@rogers.com for further information
For more information about courses in your area contact Susan Perna at formation@cgsac.ca

Updated July 15, 2017