Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – sometimes referred to as “Atrium” class – is a Montessori-based religious education experience which was begun in Rome in 1954.
Its primary aim is to provide each child with personal time and reflective opportunity to encounter God through contemplative “works.” Materials are very hands-on. The class is not taught, per se, but rather facilitated by catechists who have received specialized education and training in the method unique to the program. In the Atrium, each child is free to explore, reflect, and discover God in his or her own way. Seeds are planted along the way, but it is the Holy Spirit that nurtures and directs their growth.