St. Pius X School Atrium                    2016-2017

Welcome! We are so excited to have your children be a part of the atrium and the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) this year.. As we enter this new chapter there are bound to be many questions regarding the who and what of the program. Below you will find FAQ's  and answers. Please feel free to contact me at anytime if you have any additional questions- kfranks@stpius10school.org

What is an atrium?

The atrium is a place (room) where we establish a fertile ground for prayer, rid of distractions and open to listening and responding to God. A place where work and study spontaneously become meditation, contemplation and prayer: a place in which a certified catechist is the teacher.

In this shared religious experience which we, as catechists, are called to live with the children, there is only one true Teacher, who is Christ himself.

Gianna Gobbi

Who created the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?

The CGS is the result of a long period of serious observation of children by Sophia Cavaletti and her Montessori collaborator, Gianna Gobbi , in Rome. The materials they prepared for children since 1954, were inspired by the work of Maria Montessori a Catholic and are based on the Bible, the Roman Catholic liturgy and sacraments, tradition, and Church teachings.

The manifestations of serene and peaceful joy the children display in the meeting with the world of God lead us to maintain that the religious experience responds to a deep "hunger" in the child.

Sofia Cavalletti

What does Catechesis mean?

The word catechesis is often defined as oral instruction given to catechumens. It is from a Greek work related to the word, "to teach" and means "resounding" or "echoing down". It refers to the passing of truths of our faith. 

What is the role of the Catechist in the atrium?

The catechist embraces Maria Montessori's vision of human beings and thus the attitude of the adult regarding the child; prepares an environment called the "atrium" which aids the development of religious life.

Kathleen Franks

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Catechist



*information gathered from cgsusa.org website

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