Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was inspired by the educational principles of Dr. Maria Montessori and designed to enhance spiritual knowledge and awareness -- helping each child to build a meaningful relationship with God and their peers. The process was developed in 1954 by two Roman Catholic laywomen, Sophia Cavalletti and Gionna Gobbi in Rome, and it serves as the spiritual counterpoint to the Montessori academic program. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd provides children with their own place in which to work with the key elements of the Catholic faith. Called the Atrium, the room evokes the early Christian church building where catechumens would gather in preparation to join the church.
In the Atrium, students receive their daily religious education with opportunities for ongoing spiritual discovery. They work at their own pace with materials that include the Bible, the Roman Catholic liturgy and sacraments, traditions and Church teachings, and they are guided to build and strengthen their faith, while developing compassion for others.
St. Pius X School has three Atriums, Level I, Level II and Level ll, with four trained and certified catechists on staff. All students at St. Pius X School spend time in and benefit from their work in the Atriums, and they gain a strong spiritual foundation that fully prepares them for all that life offers, with the ability to remain strong and help others.