The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children, rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an "atrium", a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials that they use. In an atrium the child can ponder a biblical passage or a prayer from the liturgy by taking the material for that text and working with it - placing wood figures of sheep in a sheepfold of the Good Shepherd, setting sculpted apostles around a Last Supper table, or preparing a small altar with the furnishings used for the Eucharist. Find out more at E-mail address: The Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd P.O. Box 1084 - Oak Park, IL 60304-0084;


Courses are available in this country; Please contact Anna Fitzgerald on 01372 456 061 or email