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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It is time to renew your membership in the CGSAC for 2018!
  • 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 ...

What’s New for 2017!

We are happy to introduce the beginnings of a ‘French Catechists Section'.

Canada is a beautifully diverse country with two official languages. To date the majority of Canadian Atria, have English language materials. More French atria are in need of French language materials.

Each submission will be reviewed by two French formation leaders and then posted on the website. The Members Login link will access approved submissions ... click here to sign in now.

*Only approved submissions will be posted.

It is not the intention of the CGSAC board to compile a French materials manual. The intention is to connect catechists with each other and to help them support each other in this wonderful work.

Erin Tayler
Director of Communications

We recently received a wonderful endorsement of your Association from Archbishop Gagnon of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg. He has kindly given us permission to publish it here on our web site for our members and visitors to download and read.
Endorsement message from Archbishop Gagnon

Archbishop Gagnon's message (PDF)

Upcoming Formation Courses


  • Winnipeg, MB: Level 1 – Starts October 2017 with dates through to June 2018 – Click here to download your copy of the Winnipeg brochure (PDF)
  • Saskatoon, SK: Level 1A – This course delayed until spring 2018, dates TBD – Please continue to contact Cynthia Foster to register your interest – Click here to download your copy of the Saskatoon brochure (PDF) – contact Cynthia Foster by e-mail lc.foster@sasktel.net for information
  • Guelph, ON: Level 1 – Dates TBD – late fall 2017 through June 2018 over 5 weekends – more to follow
  • Calgary, AB: Level 1A – February 20 - 25, 2018 – Level 1B – August 20 - 25, 2018 – Brochure coming soon – for more information contact Susan Perna at formation@cgsac.ca
  • Vancouver, BC: Level 1B – March Break 2018, dates TBD, watch for course information at the Archdiocese of Vancouver web site – or contact Murita Chua by phone at 604-683-0281 ext: 50210 or e-mail mchua@rcav.org for more information
  • Ottawa, ON: Level 1A – early July 2018, dates TBD, watch for brochure – contact Susan Perna at formation@cgsac.ca for more information
  • Ottawa, ON: Level 2B – August 13 - 17, 2018 – details to follow – contact Meghann Baker by phone at 613-370-6371 or e-mail meghann.baker@yahoo.ca for more information
  • Guelph, ON: Level 3 Part 3 – July 21 - 27, 2018 – at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre – details to follow 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 November 3, 2017