Coming to know God better through our work

One unique characteristic of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at our Academy is the Atrium.

The Atrium is a a peaceful, sacred and prayerful space for the children to come visit each week, like a spiritual retreat.

In the Atrium, the work of the child is time spent with God, growing in his or her personal relationship with our Good Shepherd. Order, simplicity, beauty in environment, cultivation of silence, proclamation of the Word, communal prayer and celebrations all nurture a spirit of prayer in the Atrium.

A joyful, Catholic way for children to grow spiritually

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd honors the philosophy of Maria Montessori through its child-centered approach, allowing the hand, heart and mind to lead children to God. All of God’s children are already in relationship with Him. They belong to God, and God belongs to them. 

The atrium is a place of prayer, in which work and study spontaneously become meditation, contemplation and prayer.