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About the Center for Children and Theology

The spiritual life of children is the focus of the Center for Children and Theology. Children’s relationships with God are marked by enjoyment, simplicity, wonder, and love. Their spirituality provides the whole church with an understanding of God that complements other prophetic voices in the church.


Our work is inspired by over three decades of observations and reflections of young children, the study begun by Dr. Sofia Cavalletti–the founder of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd–and the challenges of faith in today’s world.

About the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a hands-on method of faith formation based on the Montessori method of learning. Unlike book-based curriculums that use a workbook model with minimal teacher training, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd utilizes a dedicated prepared space for children called the “atrium” and extensively trained catechists.  The atrium is filled with child-sized furnishings and manipulative models of people, places, and objects found in scripture and liturgy.