Coming to St. Charles Borromeo Religious Education Curriculum

Level 1 Atrium, Ages 3-6

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a Montessori method of faith formation for children.  The method is opposite of our traditional, westernized, pattern of instruction that features a teacher or catechist who creatively informs the minds of children by sowing information, data, skills and intelligence.  Instead, this mysterious method of catechesis is actual training in the spiritual life that is primarily child directed.  It allows God to speak with and instruct our children Himself, through Jesus’s parables.

CGS creates a sacred prayer space for children called an atrium.  Within the atrium are numerous tactile “works” that allow kids to experience what they hear and pray.  For example, in hearing an adult read the Parable of the Good Shepherd, children physically maneuver miniature, hand crafted, sheep and shepherd while contemplating the inner life of the parable.  Each parable is handcrafted.  An 18” inch high altar to be set; a two feet high baptismal candle; the city of Jerusalem cast to scale in wood; the Holy Land; manipulative Liturgical calendars; vestments for children, and much more!  Each work is designed to draw kids into prayer and contemplation. 

Mary Mirrione, National Director, CGSUSA, talks about the relationship between God and the child, and the importance of hands-on materials for encountering the world in the light of the Gospel. What if you could prepare an environment where the child is able to entrust themselves to the love of God for their entire lives? That would be religious formation for the whole of their life, even through adulthood.  Click here to listen to her Redeemer Radio interview.

For more information or to become involved with CGS, please contact Benjamin Darnell at 816-436-0880 ext. 214 or

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