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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.

From the Peaceful Place Atrium
Photo: Judith Gustafsson

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Upcoming Formation Courses

LEVEL 1

  • Vancouver, BC: Level 1B – November 9-11, 15, 16-17 – at St. Anthony of Padua School, 1370 W 73rd Avenue, Vancouver
    • Click here to download your copy of the Vancouver Level 1B brochure (PDF)
    • Click here to download the registration form (PDF) to do registration by mail OR
    • Click here to complete registration information and make payment on-line. You will be taken to the Archdiocese of Vancouver web site.
    • Click here for further information on this course
    • contact Murita Chua by phone at 604-683-0281 ext: 50210 or e-mail mchua@rcav.org for more information
  • Saskatoon, SK: Level 1A – January 17-22, 2020, Level 1B October 30-November 4 – at St. Vincent of Lerins Orthodox Church, 821 Avenue E North
    • Click here to download your copy of the Saskatoon brochure (PDF) and optionally print and do registration by mail OR
    • Click here to complete registration information and make payment on-line. You will be taken to a service web site.
    • Contact Lisette Fontaine lisettemarc@hotmail.com or Linda Funk lfunk@shaw.ca by e-mail for more information
  • Winnipeg, MB: Level 1A – January 10-16, 2020, Level 1B June 12-17 – at Holy Cross Parish, 252 Dubuc Street
    • Click here to download your copy of the Winnipeg brochure (PDF) and optionally print and do registration by mail OR
    • Click here to complete registration information and make payment on-line. You will be taken to a service web site.
    • contact Sister Bibiana Ikwun by e-mail akpanaik@yahoo.com for immediate registration or for more information
    • Deadline for registration is December 31, 2019
  • Montreal, PQ: Level 1B1 February 1-2, 2020 – Level 1B2 May 15-18 – at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish, 4455 West Broadway
    • Click here to download your copy of the Montreal brochure (PDF) and optionally print and do registration by mail OR
    • Click here to complete registration information and make payment on-line. You will be taken to a service web site.
    • Contact Lucie McElligott by phone 514-925-4300 ext. 271 or e-mail lmcelligott@diocesemontreal.org
  • Edmonton, AB: Level 1A and 1B – Part A February 21-26 2020, Part B TBD – at the Pastoral & Administrative Offices of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, 8421-101 Avenue
    • Click here to download your copy of the Edmonton brochure (PDF) and optionally print and do registration by mail OR
    • Click here to complete registration information and make payment on-line. You will be taken to a service web site.
    • Contact John Ottens by phone 780-469-1010 Ext: 2132 or by e-mail john.Ottens@caedm.ca for more information
  • Kamloops, BC: Level 1A and 1B – Part A March 16-21 2020, Part B August 29-September 3 – at Holy Family Parish, 2797 Sunset Drive
    • Click here to download your copy of the Kamloops brochure (PDF) and optionally print and do registration by mail OR
    • Click here to complete registration information and make payment on-line. You will be taken to a service web site.
    • Contact Susan Berdusco by e-mail susankberdusco@gmail.com for more information
  • Ottawa, ON: Level 1 coming Summer 2020/21 at the Good Shepherd Parish, 3092 Innes Road – 
    • Further details coming soon
    • Contact Sarah MacDonald-McLean by phone at 613-424-2133 or e-mail smacdo03@gmail.com for more information
LEVEL 2
  • Winnipeg, MB: Level 2A and 2B – February 11-17, 2020 and February 20-26, 2021 – at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish
    • Click here to download your copy of the Winnipeg brochure (PDF) and optionally print and do registration by mail OR
    • Click here to complete registration information and make payment on-line. You will be taken to a service web site.
    • Contact Maureen Foster-Fernandes 204-832-4336 or e-mail religioused@olphwinnipeg.ca
  • Vancouver, BC: Level 2A and 2B – Part A March 23-28 2020, Part B full days Nov 7,8,11,14,15, evenings 9,10,12,13
    • Location pending
    • contact Murita Chua by phone at 604-683-0281 ext: 50210 or e-mail mchua@rcav.org for more information
LEVEL 3
  • Ottawa ON: Level 3A & 3B – August 12-20, 2019 and August 10-18, 2020 – at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish, Russell –
    • Click here to download your copy of the Ottawa / Russell brochure (PDF) and optionally print and do registration by mail OR
    • Click here to complete registration information and make payment on-line. You will be taken to a service web site.
    • for more information contact Meghann Baker by phone at 613-370-6371 or e-mail meghann.baker@yahoo.ca
For more information about courses in your area contact Therese Wright at formation@cgsac.ca

Updated November 12 2019