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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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It is time to renew your membership in the CGSAC for 2019!
  • Here is your renewal form for DOWNLOAD Click here (PDF) OR
  • Click here to complete membership information on-line and use PayPal for payment. You will be taken to a service web site and will have to supply your PayPal password.
  • ... and we welcome new members as well, so please click here to join us ...


We have received some wonderful endorsements of your Association from church leaders ...

and have been given permission to publish them here on our web site for our members and visitors to download and read. A new Endorsements page has now been created as a permanent feature. You can view our new Endorsements of the CGSAC and Its Work by clicking here or following the new permanent menu links.



Upcoming Formation Courses

LEVEL 1

  • Winnipeg, MB: Level 1A – February 16-21, 2019 – Level 1B – April 9-14, 2019 – 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 on-line and use PayPal for payment. You will be taken to a service web site and will have to supply your PayPal password.
    • contact Sarah MacDonald-McLean by phone at 613-424-2133 or e-mail smacdo03@gmail.com for more information
  • Guelph, ON: Level 1 – NEW location and dates updating the Kitchener listing –
    • Ignatius Jesuit Centre - Loyola House, Blue Room, January 25-27, Feb 22-24, March 15-17, April 5-7, May 24-26 –
    • Click here to download your copy of the Guelph brochure (PDF) and optionally print and do registration by mail OR
    • Click here to complete registration information on-line and use PayPal for payment. You will be taken to a service web site and will have to supply your PayPal password.
    • contact Sarah MacDonald-McLean by phone at 613-424-2133 or e-mail smacdo03@gmail.com for more information
  • Halifax, NS: Level 1A February 5-10, 2019 – Level 1B April 29-May 4, 2019
    • Click here to download your copy of the Halifax brochure (PDF) and optionally print and do registration by mail OR
    • Click here to complete registration information on-line and use PayPal for payment. You will be taken to a service web site and will have to supply your PayPal password.
    • contact Sarah MacDonald-McLean by phone at 613-424-2133 or e-mail smacdo03@gmail.com for more information
  • Vancouver, BC: Level 1A – March 25-30, 2019 (Level 1B Nov 9-11 & 16-17) –
    • Click here to download your copy of the Vancouver Level 1A brochure (PDF) and optionally print and do registration by mail OR
    • Click here to complete registration information on-line and use PayPal for payment. You will be taken to a service web site and will have to supply your PayPal password.
    • contact Murita Chua by phone at 604-683-0281 ext: 50210 or e-mail mchua@rcav.org for more information
  • Montreal, PQ: Level 1A – May 17-20 & June 21-24, 2019 – at Monte Carmelo Parish, 7645 Rue Du Mans, Saint Leonard
    • 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 on-line and use PayPal for payment. You will be taken to a service web site and will have to supply your PayPal password. -->
    • Contact Lucie McElligott by phone 514-925-4300 ext. 271 or e-mail lmcelligott@diocesemontreal.org
  • Ottawa, ON: Level 1B – July 8-13, 2019 at the Good Shepherd Parish, 3092 Innes Road – 
    • Click here to download your copy of the Ottawa brochure (PDF) –
    • Online registration coming soon
    • contact Sarah MacDonald-McLean by phone at 613-424-2133 or e-mail smacdo03@gmail.com for more information
  • Saskatoon, SK: Check back for our next Level I Formation course dates –
  • Kamloops, BC: Cancelled - please register your interest in a future course to the Formation Director
  • Winnipeg, MB: Level 1 – Starts October 2018 and continues to June 2019 –
    • 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 on-line and use PayPal for payment. You will be taken to a service web site and will have to supply your PayPal password.
    • Contact Maureen Foster-Fernandes 204-832-4336 or e-mail religioused@olphwinnipeg.ca
LEVEL 2
  • Course dates for 2019/2020 are at the planning stage
    • contact Therese Wright by phone at 519-824-9663 or e-mail formation@cgsac.ca for information
LEVEL 3
  • Ottawa ON: Level 3A & 3B – August 13-23, 2019 – at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish, Russell – a Level 3C is planned
    • brochure and online registration to be posted soon
    • 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 February 5 2019