Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – General Info
“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 sensorially rich experience for children from the ages of 3 to 12 years that gives children the opportunity to grow in love and knowledge of God through the Christian tradition. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the Church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Central to this program is the Atrium, a sacred space prepared for the children. A place of beauty, the atrium is designed for being with and enjoying God, listening to God’s Word, and praying.
What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a distinct approach to catechesis, through which the youngest children develop deep, lifelong relationships with Christ and His Church.
Originating in Rome in the 1950s, the Catechesis 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 preferred approach to young children’s catechesis in a growing number of dioceses, parishes and schools around the U.S and the world. In recent years it has also begun to thrive here in the Diocese of Orange.
Where is the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Offered?
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is available in the following parishes:
- St. Norbert – 300 E Taft Ave, Orange, CA 92865 | (714) 637-6822 | www.stnorbertchurch.org
- St. Vincent de Paul – 8345 Talbert Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92646 | (714) 842-3000 | www.svdphb.org
- St. Philip Benizi – 235 S Pine Dr, Fullerton, CA 92833 | (714) 871-3610 | www.spbenizi.com
- St. Irenaeus – 5201 Evergreen Dr, Cypress, CA | (714) 826-0760 | www.sticypress.org
- St. Columban – 10801 Stanford Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840 | (714) 534-1174 | www.saintcolumbanchurch.org
It is also available at the following schools:
- St. Edward School – 33866 Calle La Primavera, Dana Point, CA 92629 | (949) 496-1241 | www.setcps.com
- St. Columban School – 10855 Stanford Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840 | (714) 534-3947 | www.saintcolumbanschool.com
- Christ Cathedral Academy – 13280 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove 92840 | (714) 663-2330 | christcathedral.academy
Training for Catechists
The Diocese of Orange runs training’s in Level I and Level II in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
Upcoming Trainings for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd:
TBD – Tentative June 2022
For more information please contact the Department of Parish Faith Formation at 714-282-3060.