Welcome to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The Catechesis is a Montessori-based Christian formation program where children can grow in their relationship with God through a deep engagement in scripture and liturgy. One of our primary beliefs is that God and the child have a unique relationship with one another, and that the growth of this relationship should be assisted by the adult, but is directed by the Spirit of God within the child.
The Catechesis began in Rome in the Catholic Church in 1954 through the pioneering effort of two amazing women: Sofia Cavalletti, a prominent Hebrew scholar, and Gianna Gobbi, an accomplished Montessorian. Since that time, the Catechesis has spread around the world and across many denominations.
At Christ Episcopal Church, we offer the Catechesis to three age groups- preschool and kindergarteners, first, second, and third graders, and fourth and fifth graders. Children meet in the Atrium on Sundays from 9:15 am to approximately 11:10 am, when they join their families in Church at the “Exchange of Peace.”