CGS Level I Part A Training

  • Dates: December 6-7, 2024, January 31-February 1, 2025 & March 7-8, 2025
  • Location: Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church
  • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Tuition: Level 1 Part A: $235
  • Level I Part B Training, December 2025: More information to come later, will require a separate tuition and registration.  

Course Description

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based religious formation program for children, beginning at the age of three.  It seeks to create and facilitate a sacred, “hands-on” space for children called an atrium, in which both the children and their catechists can hear, ponder, and celebrate the most essential mysteries of the Catholic faith as revealed in the Scriptures and the Liturgy.  

Course Objectives

  • To explore with participants the general developmental characteristics and religious characteristics of the 3-6 year-old child.
  • To facilitate meditation on the biblical and liturgical themes of CGS.
  • To offer guidelines and assistance to catechists for setting up an atrium for 3-6 year-old, preparing an album, and making materials.
  • To deepen participants’ ability to observe and learn from children while also exploring avenues for deepening parental and congregational ability to observe and learn from children.  

Formation Leader

Katie Eskro has been involved in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for five years.  She is a mother of five daughters ages nine down to one.  She received a degree in music and journalism from the North Dakota State University in 2012 and is pursuing a Master of Arts degree from Harrison Middleton University.  She works for the  two Catholic parishes in Aberdeen, SD and for the Catholic school system in Aberdeen where she is the coordinator of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  She can be contacted at

For further information about CGS please contact Olivia Salonek (DRE) at Sts. Anne & Joachim or Visit The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.