Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Heritage Online Course

CGS - childrenAquinas Institute, in collaboration with the National Association of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, is excited to announce a new online course. This year-long course is designed to bring catechists who have finished at least two levels of CGS formation into common study and conversation around the 20th century events and thinkers who have most influenced the development of the CGS movement.

Participants are expected to dedicate approximately 2-3 hours per week for reading and online discussion with the opportunity to gather face-to-face at Aquinas Institute in St. Louis, MO for a three day intensive gathering midway through the course.


  • To honor the lifelong scholarship of Sofia Cavalletti and deepen appreciation of that scholarship
  • To assist catechists and formation leaders who want to understand better the theological and historical roots of CGS
  • To foster greater collaboration and friendship among CGS catechists across the U.S. and internationally


 March 8 – 17, 2012  Introduction to each other and to online education
 March 18 – 31, 2012  Overview of the 20th Century: Modernism, War, and the Renewal of Theology
 April 1 – 8, 2012  Holy Week Break
 April 9 – 28, 2012  Maria Montessori
 April 29 – May 19, 2012  Abraham Heschel
 May 20 – June 2 , 2012  Eugenio Zolli
 June 3 – 23, 2012  Romano Guardini
 June 24 – July 14, 2012  Joachim Jeremias
 July 15 - Aug 4, 2012  Mid Summer Break
 Aug 5 – Aug 25, 2012  Jean Danielou & Enrico Mazza
 Aug 26 – Sept 22, 2012  Pierre Teillhard de Chardin (includes a short break for beginning of atrium year)
 September 23 – October 6, 2012  Giuseppi Dossetti
 October 7 – November 3, 2012  Second Vatican Council
 November 7 – 10, 2012 (arrivals on evening of 6th)  INTENSIVE IN ST. LOUIS (highly encouraged, but not required)
 November 11 – December 1, 2012  Jewish-Christian Dialogue (includes Thanksgiving break)
 December 2 – 20, 2012  Dalmazio Mongillo
 December 20, 2012 – January 12, 2013  Christmas Break
 January 13 – January 26, 2013  Gianna Gobbi
 January 27 – February 23, 2013  Sofia Cavalletti
 February 24 – March 2, 2013  Synthesis & Evaluation



Ann Garrido, together with a team of catechists who are current students or alumni of the MAPS-CGS program


  • Completion of a short application process (Application available at
  • Completion of at least the first two levels of CGS formation
  • High-speed internet access with active virus protection
  • Average facility with a computer (familiarity with Microsoft Word, ability to download podcasts, watch short video clips)


  • Course: $1600 (includes $40 application fee)
  • Intensive: $350

Participants will also want to estimate in their planning approximately $100 in book fees, plus travel costs for the intensive.

Advanced Standing in MAPS-CGS

Participants who later choose to apply to the Master of Arts - Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (MAPS-CGS) program at Aquinas Institute of Theology will be able to use their application for the CGS Heritage course as the basis for their application to MAPS-CGS, completing the fuller application process without any additional fee.

Participants who are accepted into a future MAPS-CGS cohort will receive three spiritual formation units of advanced standing toward completion of the degree (estimated savings of $2100)

How do I Apply?

Application materials may be downloaded here.

Applications will be taken on a first come, first serve basis until the course is full. No applications will be accepted after February 1, 2012.

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 Sofia Cavalletti

Sofia Cavalletti

Sofia Cavalletti

image ©1999 Douglas R. Gilbert

“When I first came to CGS formation, I wondered how CGS was going to be different from other catechesis, and just who is this Sofia Cavalletti that the formation leaders seem to hold in such high regard? After studying the works of those who most influenced Sofia Cavalletti, the development of CGS, and the writings of Sofia herself, I wondered no more. Experiencing the works of these women and men has been a deep well-spring from which I draw in my own catechetical ministry.”

Francie Casey
(MAPS-CGS ’06 Cohort)