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"Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." - Matthew 19:14 NAB

How can a young child deeply encounter the love of God and respond to it? What does this look like? How can we as adults foster and facilitate children’s authentic and loving awareness of God? What are the needs and capacities for a healthy religious life that children show us for such relationship?

The method of Christian Faith Formation called The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has been exploring these questions for over 65 years guided by the Bible, Liturgy, Montessori principles, and the careful observation of what resonates most deeply with children.

Journey with us, every other Wednesday as we explore the spirituality of the child through The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

The Good Shepherd and the Child CGSUSA

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 111 Ratings

"Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." - Matthew 19:14 NAB

How can a young child deeply encounter the love of God and respond to it? What does this look like? How can we as adults foster and facilitate children’s authentic and loving awareness of God? What are the needs and capacities for a healthy religious life that children show us for such relationship?

The method of Christian Faith Formation called The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has been exploring these questions for over 65 years guided by the Bible, Liturgy, Montessori principles, and the careful observation of what resonates most deeply with children.

Journey with us, every other Wednesday as we explore the spirituality of the child through The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

    113. Nurturing the Whole Child with Rebekah Rojcewicz

    113. Nurturing the Whole Child with Rebekah Rojcewicz

    “Truly I say to you, unless you change and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3 
     
    “Help us, O God, to enter into the secret of childhood, so that we may know, love and serve the child in accordance with the laws of thy justice and following thy holy will.” Maria Montessori  
     
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    Artwork/Figure 11 from The Religious Potential of the Child that Rebekah speaks about 
     
    We are so happy to announce that Nurturing the Whole Child: Montessori Principles Applied to the Catechesis of Children by Gianna Gobbi is now available in print and on Kindle! For many years we have been looking to update, clarify, and add to Gianna’s written work that was held in the book Listening to God with Children.  This is now published through our CGSUSA imprint with Liturgy Training Publications.  It is a beautiful book with chapters from Gianna that were written after the publication of Listening to God with Children. It had photos and an appendix of articles from others who have written about Gianna, including her closest collaborator, Sofia Cavalletti. 
    Rebekah joins us on the podcast to share with us about Gianna and the story of bringing her writing to us.  
    Rebekah is a catechist and formation leader in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd having completed her training in 1981 in Rome with Dr. Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi. She has translated several of their books and articles from the original Italian and has written and edited various parts of the CGS core texts. Rebekah is a catechist at her parish, St. Patrick Catholic Church, and for the Missionaries of Charity atrium in Memphis, Tennessee. She serves on the formation committee of CGSUSA, as well as on the International Board for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. 
     
     
    Further Reading: 
     
    Purchase Nurturing the Whole Child HERE 
    Purchase the Commemorative Journal: Gianna Gobbi 1919 – 2002 HERE 
    Purchase A Year with Sofia Cavalletti: Daily Reflections on the Spirtual and Theological Influences of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd by Ann Garrido 
     
    Other Episodes with Rebekah- 
     
    Episode 2- God and the Child  
     
    Episode 10- A Reflection on the Good Shepherd 
     
    Episode 26- Life in the Vine 
     
    Episode 33 – Moral Formation 
     
    Episode 71 – A Glimpse at Sofia Cavalletti 
     
    Episode 97- The International Consiglio 
     
     
    Other Episodes About Gianna or Her Writing- 
     
    Episode 3 - Chapter 1 “The Environment” and chapter 2 “The Adult”  
     
    Episode 78- A Glimpse of Gianna Gobbi 
     
    Episode 93- The Meaning, Importance, and Limitations of our Catechetical Materials 
     
    Episode 98 – Welcoming the Children 
     
     
     
    Learn more about the 40th Anniversary Celebration of CGSUSA HERE 
     
     
     
    AUDIOBOOK: 
     
    Audiobook – Now Available on Audible 
    CGSUSA is excited to offer you the audio version of The Religious Potential of the Child – 3rd Edition by Sofia Cavalletti, read by Rebekah Rojcewicz! 
    The Religious Potential of the Child is not a “how-to” book, complete with lesson plans and material ideas. Instead it offers a glimpse into the religious life of the atrium, a specially prepared place for children to live out their silent request: “Help me come closer to God by myself.” Here we can see the child’s spiritual capabilities and perhaps even find in our own souls the child long burdened with religious information. This book serves as a companion to the second volume, The Religious Potential of the Child 6 to 12 Years Old. The desire to have this essential text available in audio has been a long-held goal for many. The work of many hands has combined to bring this release to life as an audiobook. 
     
    Find out more about CGS: 
       
    Learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd  
      
    Follow us on Social Media- 
    Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd” 
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    • 39 min
    112.  Pedagogy of the Child and God- Fr Mongillo with Claudia Margarita Schmitt

    112.  Pedagogy of the Child and God- Fr Mongillo with Claudia Margarita Schmitt

    "One body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call. One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6 
     
    “What have we done to Christianity? We have made it into a lot of rules; but Christianity is to enjoy a Person.” Fr Dalmazio Mongillo 
     
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    Claudia joins us on the podcast to share with us some of her memories about Father Mongillo as well as tell us about his teachings regarding the pedagogy of God and the child.  
     
    Claudia Margarita Schmitt lived in many different countries throughout her life. She has discovered over time that her roots are first in her Roman Catholic faith and also in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  Everywhere she goes she recognizes the same language being used to discover the mystery of God. As an international formation leader for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She constantly has this experience of finding her roots.  She has been a catechist for 33 years and a formation leader for 32.  She lived for 8 years in Rome studying and working with Gianna Gobbi and Sofia Cavalletti. She describes this time as precious and that they taught her many things but first to be humble. 
     
     
    Further Reading: 
    Journal Articles by Fr Mongillo: 
    History and Prayer 2004 Journal  
    About Justice: A Meditation 1999 Journal – Read HERE 
    Covenant, Collaboration, & Children 2007 Journal  
    A Letter from Father Mongillo 2006 Journal  
    Learning to Love 2009 Journal – Purchase HERE Read HERE 
    The Vocation to Become Human 2011 Journal – Purchase HERE 
    Sofia’s article about Fr Mongillo from the 2006 Journal, read HERE 
    A Year with Sofia Cavalletti by Ann Garrido 
    Essential Realities, Ch. 2 Catechesis as Celebration by Fr Mongillo 
     
    Heritage Episodes- 
    Episode 60- Pioneers of CGS with Betty Hissong 
    Episode 68- The CGS Heritage- Eugenio Zolli 
    Episode 76- The CGS Heritage- Romano Guardini 
    Episode 92- Who was Adele Costa Gnocchi  
     
     
    AUDIOBOOK: 
     
    Audiobook – Now Available on Audible 
    CGSUSA is excited to offer you the audio version of The Religious Potential of the Child – 3rd Edition by Sofia Cavalletti, read by Rebekah Rojcewicz! 
    The Religious Potential of the Child is not a “how-to” book, complete with lesson plans and material ideas. Instead it offers a glimpse into the religious life of the atrium, a specially prepared place for children to live out their silent request: “Help me come closer to God by myself.” Here we can see the child’s spiritual capabilities and perhaps even find in our own souls the child long burdened with religious information. This book serves as a companion to the second volume, The Religious Potential of the Child 6 to 12 Years Old. The desire to have this essential text available in audio has been a long-held goal for many. The work of many hands has combined to bring this release to life as an audiobook. 
     
    Find out more about CGS: 
    Learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd  
      
    Follow us on Social Media- 
    Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd” 
    Instagram-  cgsusa 
    Twitter- @cgsusa 
    Pinterest- Natl Assoc of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA 
    YouTube- catechesisofthegoodshepherd 

    • 27 min
    111. About Justice, A Meditation by Fr Mongillo with Ann Garrido

    111. About Justice, A Meditation by Fr Mongillo with Ann Garrido

    "One body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call. One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6 
     
    “What have we done to Christianity? We have made it into a lot of rules; but Christianity is to enjoy a Person.” Fr Dalmazio Mongillo 
     
    Submit a Podcast Listener Question HERE! 
     
    Ann Garrido joins us to discuss Fr Mongillo’s article, About Justice, A Meditation, from the 1999 Journal of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd where he defines justice in the religious sense and how it applies to our life in the atrium with children.  
     
    Read Mongillo’s article, About Justice, A Meditation HERE. 
     
    Ann Garrido has been a catechist of the Good Shepherd since 1996.  She currently serves as a Level One catechist at her parish while she also serves as a formation leader for the US Association at all three levels.  Ann is an Associate Professor at Aquinas Institute of Theology, a graduate school of theology and ministry in the Dominican tradition.  She is the author of multiple works, including her newest book Redeeming Power about the healthy and holy exercise of leadership. 
     
     
    Further Reading: 
     
    Journal Articles by Fr Mongillo: 
    History and Prayer 2004 Journal  
    About Justice: A Meditation 1999 Journal – Read HERE 
    Covenant, Collaboration, & Children 2007 Journal  
    A Letter from Father Mongillo 2006 Journal  
    Learning to Love 2009 Journal – Purchase HERE Read HERE 
    The Vocation to Become Human 2011 Journal – Purchase HERE 
    Sofia’s article about Fr Mongillo from the 2006 Journal, read HERE 
    A Year with Sofia Cavalletti by Ann Garrido 
    Essential Realities, Ch. 2 Catechesis as Celebration by Fr Mongillo 
     
    ANN’S NEW BOOK – REDEEMING POWER  
     
    Heritage Episodes- 
     
    Episode 60- Pioneers of CGS with Betty Hissong 
    Episode 68- The CGS Heritage- Eugenio Zolli 
    Episode 76- The CGS Heritage- Romano Guardini 
    Episode 92- Who was Adele Costa Gnocchi  
     
     
    AUDIOBOOK: 
     
    Audiobook – Now Available on Audible 
    CGSUSA is excited to offer you the audio version of The Religious Potential of the Child – 3rd Edition by Sofia Cavalletti, read by Rebekah Rojcewicz! 
    The Religious Potential of the Child is not a “how-to” book, complete with lesson plans and material ideas. Instead it offers a glimpse into the religious life of the atrium, a specially prepared place for children to live out their silent request: “Help me come closer to God by myself.” Here we can see the child’s spiritual capabilities and perhaps even find in our own souls the child long burdened with religious information. This book serves as a companion to the second volume, The Religious Potential of the Child 6 to 12 Years Old. The desire to have this essential text available in audio has been a long-held goal for many. The work of many hands has combined to bring this release to life as an audiobook. 
     
    Find out more about CGS:   
    Learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd  
      
    Follow us on Social Media- 
    Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd” 
    Instagram-  cgsusa 
    Twitter- @cgsusa 
    Pinterest- Natl Assoc of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA 
    YouTube- catechesisofthegoodshepherd 

    • 38 min
    110. Learning to Love- Father Dalmazio Mongillo and Patricia Coulter

    110. Learning to Love- Father Dalmazio Mongillo and Patricia Coulter

    “Love as I love you.” John 13:34 
     
    “Lent is the time in which the joy of loving is rejuvenated.” - Father Mongillo 
     
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    Patricia Coulter joins us on the podcast to tell us more about Father Mongillo and to open up the beauty of his article, Learning to Love, from the 2009 journal.   
     
    Read the article Learning to Love from the 2009 Journal 
     
    Patricia Coulter met Sofia Cavalletti in 1975, and their friendship and close collaboration lasted until Sofia’s death in 2011. Patricia collaborated with Sofia in formation courses, in translations of her writings, and in coauthoring various books. Patricia’s most recent words are a collection of Sofia’s writings, All if Gift: Enjoying the Presence of God and letters, Look at the Light, Words of Loss and Love from Sofia Cavalletti. Dr. Coulter received her certification in the Franciscan Internship Program in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats and her doctorate in ministry from the University of St Michael’s College, University of Toronto. She is the recipient of the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice cross for her pastoral ministry with adults and children. 
     
    Prayer by Father Mongillo, can be found on page 275-276 of A Year with Sofia Cavalletti: 
    Trinity Love 
     
    Trinity most sweet! 
    Abba, Father! 
    Son, Jesus! 
    Spirit, Love! 
    Trinity all love! 
    Source of our identity and our 
    peace, 
    source of our happiness! 
    We adore you, we praise you, we bless you, 
    we thank you, we love you! 
    Abba, Father! give us your Spirit, 
    give us the Spirit of your Son! 
    The Spirit who knows the depths of your 
    mystery, 
    the Spirit who knows the depths of 
    our mystery! 
    Give us the Spirit, 
    in whom you have entrusted the Son to us, 
    the Spirit who took Jesus by the hand 
    and made him Son for us! 
    So that he takes us by the hand and accompanies us 
    on our pilgrim way toward your dwelling, 
    where we will contemplate you with uncovered face… 
    And you will see Jesus in us, the beloved, 
    and we will lose ourselves in your gaze of love 
    as in an infinite sea… 
    as the Son and in the Son, 
    all in one with You… 
    with the Beloved… with the Lover, 
    in the same ecstasy of love forever! 
    Amen. 
     
    Further Reading: 
     
    Journal Articles by Fr Mongillo: 
    History and Prayer 2004 Journal  
    About Justice: A Meditation 1999 Journal – Read HERE 
    Covenant, Collaboration, & Children 2007 Journal  
    A Letter from Father Mongillo 2006 Journal  
    Learning to Love 2009 Journal – Purchase HERE Read HERE 
    The Vocation to Become Human 2011 Journal – Purchase HERE 
    Christianity? To Enjoy a Person by Sofia Cavalletti about Fr Mongillo – Read HERE 
     
    A Year with Sofia Cavalletti by Ann Garrido 
    Essential Realities 
    Patricia’s Books:  
    Ways to Nurture the Relationship with God 
    Drinking from the Sources  
    Like Leaven: Accompanying Children on their Spiritual Journey  
    The Infinite Mercy of God  
    Look at the Light: Words on Loss and Love from Sofia Cavalletti 
     
    Podcast Episodes with Patricia- 
     
    Episode 89 – Background of Ways to Nurture the Relationship with God 
    Episode 90- Ch. 4 The Parable of the True Vine from Ways to Nurture the Relationship with God with Patricia Coulter 
    Episode 91- The Infinite Mercy of God with Patricia Coulter 
     
     
     
    Heritage Episodes- 
     
    Episode 60- Pioneers of CGS with Betty Hissong 
    Episode 68- The CGS Heritage- Eugenio Zolli 
    Episode 76- The CGS Heritage- Romano Guardini 
    Episode 92- Who was Adele Costa Gnocchi  
    Episode 109. The CGS Heritage- Father Dalmazio Mongillo, To Enjoy a Person with Sue Jett 
     
     
     
    AUDIOBOOK: 
     
    Audiobook – Now Available on Audible 
    CGSUSA is excited to offer you the audio version of The Religious Potential of the Child – 3rd Edition by Sofia Cavalletti, read by Rebekah Rojcewicz! 
    The Religious Potential of the Child is not a “how-to” book, complete with lesson plans and material ideas. Instead it offers

    • 45 min
    109. The CGS Heritage- Father Dalmazio Mongillo, To Enjoy a Person with Sue Jett

    109. The CGS Heritage- Father Dalmazio Mongillo, To Enjoy a Person with Sue Jett

    “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:5 
    “What have we done to Christianity? We have made it into a lot of rules; but Christianity is to enjoy a Person.” Fr Dalmazio Mongillo 
     
    Submit a Podcast Listener Question HERE! 
     
    Who is Father Dalmazio Mongillo and how has he influenced our work in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd? 
     
    Read Sofia’s article about Fr Mongillo: Christianity? To Enjoy a Person from the 2006 Journal 
     
    Sue first began implementing the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in 2003 while teaching at St. Peter's Catholic School in Beaufort, SC. She is certified in Levels I, II, and III and became a formation leader in 2010 after receiving her Master of Arts degree in the discipline of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO.  Sue has directed religious education programs in the dioceses of Milwaukee, Chicago, and NW Indiana and has facilitated the development of CGS in several parishes.  She currently serves as a Level 1 Catechist at St. James the Less in Highland, IN and works with lower-elementary children at the Montessori Children's Schoolhouse in Hammond, IN. 
     
     
    Further Reading: 
    Journal Articles by Fr Mongillo: 
    History and Prayer 2004 Journal  
    About Justice: A Meditation 1999 Journal – Read HERE 
    Covenant, Collaboration, & Children 2007 Journal  
    A Letter from Father Mongillo 2006 Journal  
    Learning to Love 2009 Journal – Purchase HERE Read HERE
    The Vocation to Become Human 2011 Journal – Purchase HERE 
     
    A Year with Sofia Cavalletti by Ann Garrido 
    Essential Realities 
     
    Heritage Episodes- 
    Episode 60- Pioneers of CGS with Betty Hissong 
    Episode 68- The CGS Heritage- Eugenio Zolli 
    Episode 76- The CGS Heritage- Romano Guardini 
    Episode 92- Who was Adele Costa Gnocchi  
     
     
    AUDIOBOOK: 
     
    Audiobook – Now Available on Audible 
    CGSUSA is excited to offer you the audio version of The Religious Potential of the Child – 3rd Edition by Sofia Cavalletti, read by Rebekah Rojcewicz! 
    The Religious Potential of the Child is not a “how-to” book, complete with lesson plans and material ideas. Instead it offers a glimpse into the religious life of the atrium, a specially prepared place for children to live out their silent request: “Help me come closer to God by myself.” Here we can see the child’s spiritual capabilities and perhaps even find in our own souls the child long burdened with religious information. This book serves as a companion to the second volume, The Religious Potential of the Child 6 to 12 Years Old. The desire to have this essential text available in audio has been a long-held goal for many. The work of many hands has combined to bring this release to life as an audiobook. 
     
    Find out more about CGS: 
     
    Learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at www.cgsusa.org 
      
    Follow us on Social Media- 
    Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd” 
    Instagram-  cgsusa 
    Twitter- @cgsusa 
    Pinterest- Natl Assoc of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA 
    YouTube- catechesisofthegoodshepherd 

    • 26 min
    108. Phenomenology with Dr. Donald Wallenfang

    108. Phenomenology with Dr. Donald Wallenfang

    “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.  Matthew 11: 24,25 
     
    Submit a Podcast Listener Question HERE! 
    What is Phenomenology and how do we see it lived out both in the child and in the atrium? 
    Donald (Donny) Wallenfang, OCDS, PhD is a Level III catechist, Secular Discalced Carmelite, and Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. He received his MTS from St Norbert College and his doctorate from Loyola University Chicago. He has published twelve books as well as numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in Christian theology and philosophy. His areas of expertise merge at the intersection of Carmelite spirituality, phenomenology, metaphysics, liturgical theology, evangelization and catechesis. Wallenfang served in full-time youth and young adult ministry for nine years. He has been married to his wife, Megan, for twenty-four years and has six children. 
     
    Further Reading: 
     
    The Religious Potential of the Child 3rd Edition 
    The Religious Potential of the Child 6 to 12 year old 2nd Edition 
    Way of Holy Joy by Sofia Cavalletti 
    Redeeming Conflict by Ann Garrido 
    A Year with Sofia Cavalletti by Ann Garrido 
    Phenomenology: A Basic Introduction in the Light of Jesus Christ by Donald Wallenfang 
    Shoeless: Carmelite Spirituality in a Disquieted World by Donald and Megan Wallenfang 
    Dialectical Anatomy of the Eucharist: An Étude in Phenomenology by Donald Wallenfang 
    Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori 
     
    Other Episodes You Might Enjoy 
     
    Episode 107- The Metaphysical Child with Dr Donald Wallenfang 
    Episode 2 –God and the Child  
    Episode 82 - Merciful Parenting 
     
    AUDIOBOOK: 
     
    Audiobook – Now Available on Audible 
    CGSUSA is excited to offer you the audio version of The Religious Potential of the Child – 3rd Edition by Sofia Cavalletti, read by Rebekah Rojcewicz! 
    The Religious Potential of the Child is not a “how-to” book, complete with lesson plans and material ideas. Instead it offers a glimpse into the religious life of the atrium, a specially prepared place for children to live out their silent request: “Help me come closer to God by myself.” Here we can see the child’s spiritual capabilities and perhaps even find in our own souls the child long burdened with religious information. This book serves as a companion to the second volume, The Religious Potential of the Child 6 to 12 Years Old. The desire to have this essential text available in audio has been a long-held goal for many. The work of many hands has combined to bring this release to life as an audiobook. 
     
    Find out more about CGS: 
       
    Learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at www.cgsusa.org 
      
    Follow us on Social Media- 
    Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd” 
    Instagram-  cgsusa 
    Twitter- @cgsusa 
    Pinterest- Natl Assoc of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA 
    YouTube- catechesisofthegoodshepherd 

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

Bhaylo1988 ,

Beautiful

Beginning my journey with CGS has been so beautiful & humbling. Kerri has some beautiful conversations with some remarkable women about their work. They share their walk with the CGS providing timeless insights of how to unravel the mysteries of the child so that we can be better vessels of the Good Shepherd. Get lost in the delightful & insightful hard work of these dear ladies. This podcast is an absolute treasure!!

Julebug12 ,

Keeps the fire alive

Thank you so much for hosting this! It helps to keep the fire alive between training and Atrium sessions. I would love to see some discussion regarding any changes that may have happened in the material manual in each podcast.

nwckate ,

Helpful resource to those who can’t go to a training

Hi there!

I am a military spouse living overseas with 3 kids 3 and under. I have a few friends who have gone through CGS training and I have visited an atrium. This podcast has been a great introduction to CGS for me. I would really like to do the training, but it just isn’t possible right now, but I know God will align the details one day because I know this is how I want my children to know about God!

Thank you for continuing the work of passing the faith!

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