Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd


“If we want to help the child grow near to God, we should, with patience and courage…seek to go always closer to the vital nucleus of things. This requires study and prayer. The child himself will be our teacher if we know how to observe him.” (Sofia Cavalletti) Since 1954, in Rome, Italy, Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi pursued the revelation of the young child’s religious potential, marking over sixty years of research and published material at both the preschool and elementary levels. With the pedagogical principles of Maria Montessori and the theological moorings of Hebrew scholarship, Scripture studies, and Roman Catholic liturgy and doctrine, Cavalletti and Gobbi developed an approach that not only appealed to the profound religious intuition of the younger and older child, but that evolved from the children themselves.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a profound and wonderful curriculum that involves the whole parish in its creation of space and materials. It is a lovely intentional opportunity for a parish to witness to its children the importance of God in their own lives and how much they wish the same for their children.

Trainings for Catechesis start in August 2017.

For level 1 training (3-6 year olds):

For level 2 training (6-9 year olds):

For level 3 training (9-12 year olds):

For more information about Catechesis, visit The National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: