This website highlights the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) and is intended to serve in particular those in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia searching into what CGS is.

The hoped for outcome of this page is to encourage  parents, pastors, school principals, Directors of Religious Education, Catholic school teachers of young children, catechists, those who work with families in our parishes and schools and all of us called to explore the new evangelization.  It is hoped that  encouragement will be given  to hear and respond to the invitation of Jesus Christ to ‘let the little children come’ to Him, to ponder the particular form that takes in the ‘CGS,’  and to learn how to take a next step to explore CGS, particularly in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Throughout this and other pages of this website, the website of the  National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is cited as the place to go to learn more about CGS. Go to www.cgsusa.org to see it in full. The National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd works in concert with the International Consiglio to assist those searching into and those involved with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

These words of Jesus are the leaven in the dough of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, echoing in the call of Jesus to the catechist, the parent, the parish:

“Let the little children come to Me. Do not stop them.
Of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

“Whoever welcomes a little child such as this welcomes Me and whoever welcomes Me welcomes not only Me, but Him who sent Me.”

CGS has been formed in the wisdom of the Montessori method and the lived tradition of the Catholic Church, drawing on the two sources of the Bible and the Liturgy, paying attention both to “who is the child” and to the reality of “Who is God”. In serving the mystery of the great love bond of God and the child, CGS finds that both child and adult are called to ‘listen to God together’.

The atrium above was handmade and built in a tea box by two Missionaries of Charity (MC) preparing to return to their house in Vilnius, Lithuania, to build a real atrium.

The National  Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd includes many Roman Catholics (the ‘home’ base of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd), Byzantine Rite Catholics who have adapted the liturgical materials to that rite. Others with a strong tradition of liturgical prayer, in particular the Episcopal and Orthodox,  have found a home with the Good Shepherd in the CGS.

The ecumenical bonds of friendship with the Good Shepherd and one another have enriched the work of the National Association: To assist the involvement of children and adults in a common religious experience in which the religious values of childhood, primarily those of contemplation and enjoyment of God, are predominant.

The Missionaries of Charity (M.C.’s) have adopted CGS for their own formation and for their work with the poorest of the poor children.  They also take the presentations and materials out of the atrium and into the streets, the homes, the Bible Studies and soup kitchens, the homes for the elderly and dying and disabled.  The gift of working with the Sisters has been very precious to me and to many others in the CGS  who have been involved in this work with the Sisters for longer than I, and in many different regions in which the M.C’s live and work, including Calcutta. I hope that the Sisters’ embrace of CGS for themselves and for the poorest of the poor whom they serve might light a path for others, too.

Enjoy the Sisters’ singing morning prayer at the August, 2011 course in Latvia. Pray and sing along!  Holy Spirit song; Star of the Sea

Why here, why now?

Guidelines in the Archdiocese  of  Philadelphia        

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., is supporting the growth of the ministry of CGS in this Archdiocese: here.

To whet your taste and encourage you to continue to explore this website, please check out these offerings  from the folks in the Diocese of Sacramento: (Introductory Video to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) and Sample Presentations).

Go here to read more about   ‘CGS’ in the Dioceses.

 
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