Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Unique to the GRACE system and the Green Bay Diocese, St. John Paul II’s catechetical program, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, seeks to provide an environment wherein the child may contemplate and adore the Beloved, Our Lord Jesus Christ. In a prepared environment along with careful guidance from the catechist, children receive the light of Truth, the sacramental heart of the Catholic Faith.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd resulted from the research of Sofia Cavalletti and her Montessori collaborator, Gianna Gobbi, in Rome. The program began when Cavalletti was asked to give religious instruction to a 7-year-old boy in 1954.  A Scripture scholar and academic, Cavalletti reluctantly accepted. Far beyond her expectations, the encounter with the child and with the Word changed her life. To learn more about the history of CGS, follow this link. 

Now adopted in over 37 countries, CGS has also become the official catechetical program of the Missionaries of Charity. When asked what distinguished CGS from any other program, the Missionaries said, “contemplation.”

SJPII is blessed to initiate the Level I series in the fall of 2016. Level I will serve children ages 3-5. One level will be added each year, Level II (ages 6-9) and Level III (ages 9-12) successively.

To inquire about our program, please contact our Level I catechist, Miss Jenny Johns (

To donate to SJPII’s CGS program, please review the Supplemental Curriculum Purchasing Guide on our donate page.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Scope and Sequence