Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a parish-based ministry for faith development for children. There are currently seven parishes throughout the Diocese of Hamilton with a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium and one French speaking atrium offering La Catéchèse du Bon Berger run by professionally trained Good Shepherd catechists.

The program is a child-centered, child-directed, soundly traditional method of introducing children to the mystery of God. It nourishes the religious needs and capacities of all children regardless of culture or background.

The Good Shepherd catechesis is based on the principles of Montessori education. It seeks to be an experience of life and education of faith in the celebration of an encounter with the Father, in listening to Jesus, the one teacher, and in obedience to the Spirit.

The Catechesis Office offers support to parishes with existing atria and to any parish interested in beginning this ministry.

Training of new or current catechists in the Diocese of Hamilton will be carried out through the joint offering of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Office in the Archdiocese of Toronto and the University of St. Michael’s College (Continuing Education Division).


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Training Opportunity

Offered in Conjunction with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Archdiocese of Toronto

Level I: Foundations Course – Children Ages 3 – 6
Sacré Coeur Parish, 39 Guelph Street, Georgetown


Last Saturday of the Month starting Saturday September 28th 2019 - 9am to 4pm Part A: Sept 28th, Oct 26th, Nov 30th, Jan 25th, Feb 29th, March 28th, April 25th, May 30th
Part B: Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 (dates to be determined)
Our Formation Facilitators: Kathleen Ennis and Paola Azzuolo

This course presents the orientation to the key issues fundamental to this ministry with children in early childhood. This course is designed for those who are interested or already involved in caring for the spiritual lives of children.

Online Registration: Tuition Only

Online Registration: Tuition & Textbooks

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