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)
Click here to visit our online registration page for the 2017 Annual Gathering

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 28, 2017