“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and I will raise him on the last day.” John 6:54

 

Ruth joins us on the podcast again to scratch the surface of the scriptural links of the Eucharist and the way God has worked throughout salvation history to bring His people back into communion with Him. 

Ruth is a catechist in Levels 1-3 (currently involved in CGS Infant-Toddler Catechist Formation) and a Formation Leader for Level 1. She has started the CGS in several cities, most recently in Wausau, Wisconsin; she offers atrium sessions at all three levels in Wausau. Prior to moving to Wisconsin, Ruth taught Sacred Scripture at St. Patrick's Seminary & University in San Francisco.

 

Link to Ruth’s article

 

Ways to Nurture Your Relationship with God – Chapter 3

 

Episode 61 – The Roots of the Eucharist and the Easter Mystery with Marty O’Bryan

 

Episode 62 – Christ the Good Shepherd and the Eucharist with Ruth Ohm Sutherland

 

AUDIO VERSION of The Religious Potential of the Child by Sofia Cavalletti, read by Rebekah Rojcewicz.  CGSUSA has created a Premium Podcast Channel for this audiobook through Podbean.  The cost is $29.00 and does include the audio version of all chapters of The Religious Potential of the Child, 3rd Edition all read by Rebekah Rojcewicz.  We have provided both video overview instructions and written instructions on accessing this audiobook.  Please use these resources. Unlike the regular podcast, which will remain free and available on many podcast players/apps, this new resource is available only on the Podbean App, which you may download from the IOS App store or the Google Play App store. Learn more here!  Step by step instructions here!

 

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“But these are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name.” John 21:31

 

Annette Witte joins us on the podcast to dive into the theologian Romano Guardini and his influences on our faith as well as our work in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

 

Annette Witte has been a CGS Catechist for 25 years and a certified Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Formation Leader for the past 12 years. She received a Master’s of Pastoral Studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO in 2014. Currently, she assists children in Level II at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Tucson, AZ. She recently moved to Arizona from Michigan with her husband, Joe, with whom she has five children and soon to be six grandchildren.     

 

 Garrido, Ann. A Year with Sofia Cavalletti (Chicago: LTP, 2018)

 

The Essential Guardini 

 

Sacred Signs 

 

Aquinas Institue of Theology Masters of Arts in Pastoral Studies – The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (MAPS – CGS)  

 

AUDIO VERSION of The Religious Potential of the Child by Sofia Cavalletti, read by Rebekah Rojcewicz.  CGSUSA has created a Premium Podcast Channel for this audiobook through Podbean.  The cost is $29.00 and does include the audio version of all chapters of The Religious Potential of the Child, 3rd Edition all read by Rebekah Rojcewicz.  We have provided both video overview instructions and written instructions on accessing this audiobook.  Please use these resources. Unlike the regular podcast, which will remain free and available on many podcast players/apps, this new resource is available only on the Podbean App, which you may download from the IOS App store or the Google Play App store. Learn more here!  Step by step instructions here!

 

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We know that all things work for good for those who love God” Romans 8:28

Karen Maxwell joins us on the podcast again to answer many of the questions that people have as they are first beginning their journey in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  What is the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd? How do we begin CGS in my parish or school? What is CGS adult formation like? How do I get all the materials? What is an atrium? How many adults do I need to start CGS at my parish or school? Do I need to do the formation in succession? How much does it cost to start CGS? How much time needs to be allotted for an atrium session? Are there books that are recommended for those just starting to be curious about this work?

Karen became involved with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in 1990 when her oldest daughter was four years old. She was moved by the spiritual depth offered to the youngest children and found this approach to faith formation personally enriching as well. She helped to begin all three levels of atria in the first church in Georgia to offer Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She also enjoys introducing adults to this method of catechesis as a CGS formation leader. Karen joined the staff for the United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in 2004 as Director of Formation. Her work supports formation leaders and catechists through communications, conferences, ongoing formation and resources as well as in responding to a variety of inquiries and pastoral concerns about CGS. Karen is one of two US representatives to the International Council. She also was part of the first cohort to complete a Masters in Pastoral Studies in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at Aquinas Institute of Theology. Karen currently serves as a Level III catechist for a church in her area. Her children, now young adults, all were involved in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  For further questions about CGS you can email Karen at karenmaxwell@cgsusa.org

Link to PDF Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: An Introduction

 

Another episode with Karen about Catechists Formation 

 

To listen to the article Characteristics of the Good Shepherd Catechesis by Sofia Cavalletti

 

The Religious Potential of the Child 

The Good Shepherd and the Child: A Joyful Journey

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in the Parish Setting

 

For a list of episodes to help you dive into the chapters in The Religious Potential of the Child and The Good Shepherd and the Child: A Joyful Journey

 

The Characteristics of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd #3 states that: The atrium is a community in which children and adults live together a religious experience that facilitates participation in the wider community of the family, the church, and other social spheres. We see the atrium as a place of prayer, in which work and study spontaneously become meditation, contemplation, and prayer. The atrium is a place in which the only Teacher is Christ; both children and adults place themselves in a listening stance before his Word and seek to penetrate the mystery of the liturgical celebration.

 

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“Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, live soberly, and set your hopes completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”  1 Peter 1:13

 

Anita Vincent joins us on the podcast to discuss her article that was in the most recent CGS Journal, The Spiritual Preparation of the Adult. She speaks about how adults need to be not only mentally ready but also spiritually ready to encounter God and the Child in the atrium and how this is spoken about by Maria Montessori as well as Sofia and Gianna. We should contemplate who we are in a relationship with, God, as well as the child. She lifts up those capital “sins” of pride and anger that the adult must give up in order to be prepared spiritually.

Anita has been involved in CGS since 2004. She is a recognized Level I Formation Leader. She is also a certified Elementary Montessori teacher. She graduated with the MAPS-CGS degree from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in 2012. She has continued research and collaboration with a broad group of religious educators and Montessorians. Her work with children spans everything from toddlers to high school. She is currently the Director of Religious Education and Formation at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Parish in Hellertown, PA. Her most recent contribution is a chapter for a book on homiletics for racial justice. Some of her work includes:

Anita Vincent. “Dismantling the Ecclesial Legacy of Colonial Attitudes.” In Preaching Racial Justice, edited by Gregory Heille OP, Maurice Nutt CSsR, and Deborah Wilhelm. Maryknoll NY: Orbis Books, forthcoming in 2023.

Building a Beloved Atrium Community – series of presentations made in collaboration with the Center for Children and Theology, Washington, D.C.; August 12th, 2020 to June 15th, 2022 (notes and/or videos provided upon request).

Build Bridges, not walls – presentation made at Weaving Our Gifts conference, Washington, D.C.; October 2019

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in the Third Plane of Development – paper presented at the Cavalletti Symposium, Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Missouri; August 2017

Hope Embodied in Human Hands: Faith Formation in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – paper presented at the annual conference of the Religious Education Association, Pittsburgh, PA; November, 2016.

Building a Foundation for Interfaith Understanding with Children in the 3-6 and 6-9 Atria of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – a study of catechetics from an inter-faith and non-violent perspective. Center for Children and Theology, Washington, D.C.; June 2014. (https://cctheo.org/occasional-papers/building-foundation-interfaith-understanding)

Suggested Reading: 

  • The Spiritual Preparation of the Teacher – an Interfaith Approach, Issue XXIV, May 2017; http://cctheo.org/news/interfaith-spiritual-preparation/
  • The Monastic Heart: 50 Simple Practices for a Contemplative and Fulfilling Life by Joan Chittister 
  • Yes, and...: Daily Meditations by Richard Rohr O.F.M. 
  • Soul Care in African American Practice by Barbara L. Peacock 

 

2022 Journal of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd 

 

Information about Membership to CGSUSA 

 

AUDIO VERSION of The Religious Potential of the Child by Sofia Cavalletti, read by Rebekah Rojcewicz.  CGSUSA has created a Premium Podcast Channel for this audiobook through Podbean.  The cost is $29.00 and does include the audio version of all chapters of The Religious Potential of the Child, 3rd Edition all read by Rebekah Rojcewicz.  We have provided both video overview instructions and written instructions on accessing this audiobook.  Please use these resources. Unlike the regular podcast, which will remain free and available on many podcast players/apps, this new resource is available only on the Podbean App, which you may download from the IOS App store or the Google Play App store. Learn more here!  Step by step instructions here!

 

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The Story of a CGS Family with Kelly and Maureen Stone and Elizabeth Burghart

 

“We love because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19

 

Deacon Kelly and Maureen Stone with their daughter Elizabeth Burghart join us on the podcast to share their story of how they ALL got involved in the work of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and how it has changed their lives and spiritual work. 

 

Kelly and Maureen Stone live near Indianola and attend St. John the Apostle in Norwalk, Iowa .  They married in 1979 and have five grown married children and 14 grandchildren. Kelly is an engineer and Maureen is an educator.

 

Maureen began a Level I Formation Course in 2002 and continued on to Level II and Level III. She has served as a catechist in local parishes for 20 years. In 2018 she had the great pleasure of attending a national seminal Infant/Toddler formation in Scottsdale, AZ. Through the years she has served on the local Shepherd Staff board which hosts Formation Courses and promotes Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in Iowa.  She worked as an assistant at School of Mary ~ Montessori in the Des Moines Metro from 2014-2018. Maureen's husband, Deacon Kelly, and four daughters, Meggan Young, Elizabeth Burghart, Mary Wolf and Ginny Rossi are Catechesis of Good Shepherd catechists. She helped coordinate the growth of CGS for a local parish for 10 years.  She is currently a volunteer coordinator for CGS at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Norwalk, Iowa

 

Deacon Kelly began a Level I Formation Course in 2013 after assisting in the atrium. He had spent many years prior to his Formation listening to other family members and friends speak of the joy and grace in the work! In 2014, as his Level I course was coming to an end, he heard a call to become a deacon. He was ordained to the permanent diaconate in August 2018. He is currently assigned to St. John the Apostle church in Norwalk, Iowa. He assists in CGS as a substitute catechist and material maker. He also leads baptism classes and relies heavily on "Baptism is a Beginning", edited by Rebekah Rojcewicz.

 

Elizabeth Burghart lives in Atchison, KS with her husband, and three children. She is a Level III catechist at St. Benedict Parish and a Primary Assistant for Holy Family Montessori Co-op. 

 

From Elizabeth Burghart – “When I was thirteen years old, I saw the Eucharistic Presence of the Good Shepherd presentation. I was deeply drawn to the work and I was eager to receive training. I was permitted to join an upcoming Level I Formation Course. At the time, I did not know the remarkable impact Catechesis of the Good Shepherd would have on my life.  My early years as a catechist were enriched by meeting Sofia Cavalletti and Silvana Montanaro in Rome. I soon went on to receive training in Levels II and III as well as Primary Montessori training. 

I have had the joy of serving as a Catechist of the Good Shepherd since 2008. Throughout my work, whether in parishes, Montessori schools or my own home, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has been a strong foundation and inspiration. CGS is a “golden thread” in my life. Indeed, it is one of the greatest gifts I have received.”

A Call for Nominations to the CGSUSA Board of Trustees

 

All nominations, nominee biographies and answers to questions must be received by Saturday, October 1, 2022. 

 

We are pleased to announce that the nomination process for the CGSUSA Board of Trustees is now open! 

 

Service on the Board is open to all members. Those elected will begin their service just after the online annual meeting on Wednesday, November 16, at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

 

The role and responsibility of the Board is to ensure that our United States Association remains faithful to our purpose and mission. We encourage all members of the Association to consider nominating individuals whom they think might be suited to this work and have the necessary resources to facilitate this work.

Please prayerfully consider if you know someone who would be a good candidate for the Board. To help with this process, the current Board has put together the following information regarding expertise sought on the Board at this time as well as expectations of Board members. 

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Membership in The United States Association of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd connects you with catechists and supporters who share a commitment to the Christian formation of children.  When you are a member you not only get access to wonderful resources in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd but your membership also helps our association spread the word about how a relationship with the Good Shepherd can change the lives of adults and nourish the spiritual growth of children.  For individuals who are members you get access to the online material manual, for those that are formed in the CGS method, you get updates and communication from CGSUSA News, the Foglietto, Member Memo, Parent News, access to the Member Directory, Voting Privileges, access to restricted materials for purchase, mustard seeds AND the annual journal.

 

Now the annual journal is a form of continual expression of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd publications, written and published with the same spirit and focus which is the religious life of the child and the essentials of the Christian faith.  The journals focus is to provide resources for ongoing formation as we continue to explore the two great mysteries of Who is the Child and Who is God.  It also contains theological artwork, prayers, and observations of children in the atrium. 

 

The 2022 journal just came out so if you are a member you should have received your copy already.  It is on our Montessori Foundations.  But we also have copies of past journals all the way back to 1984 with writing by Sofia, Gianna, and other early collaborators.  Last episode we got a deeper glimpse into who she was and for today’s episode I would love to hear from Sofia Cavalletti herself.  And these journals are one of the best ways for us to hear from her directly so today I will share with you an article from the 1985 Journal by Sofia Cavalletti!

 

AUDIO VERSION of The Religious Potential of the Child by Sofia Cavalletti, read by Rebekah Rojcewicz.  CGSUSA has created a Premium Podcast Channel for this audiobook through Podbean.  The cost is $29.00 and does include the audio version of all chapters of The Religious Potential of the Child, 3rd Edition all read by Rebekah Rojcewicz.  We have provided both video overview instructions and written instructions on accessing this audiobook.  Please use these resources. Unlike the regular podcast, which will remain free and available on many podcast players/apps, this new resource is available only on the Podbean App, which you may download from the IOS App store or the Google Play App store. Learn more here!  Step by step instructions here!

 

1984-1997 Journals Of The Catechesis Of The Good Shepherd, Vol. 1 

 

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“Well done, my good and faithful servant.”  Matthew 25:21

 

Rebekah joins us on the podcast to give us a glimpse at who Sofia Cavalletti was.  She shares stories about Sofia and what she remembered about her time living and learning from Sofia in Italy for two years.

 

Rebekah is a catechist and formation leader in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd having completed her training in 1981 in Rome with Dr. Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi. She has translated several of their books and articles from the original Italian and has written and edited various parts of the CGS core texts. Rebekah is a catechist at her parish, St. Patrick Catholic Church, and for the Missionaries of Charity atrium in Memphis, Tennessee. She serves on the formation committee of CGSUSA, as well as on the International Board for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

 

A Year with Sofia Cavalletti: Daily Reflections on the Spirtual and Theological Influences of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd by Ann Garrido

 

Commemorative Journal: Sofia Cavalletti 1917-2011

 

Way of Holy Joy by Sofia Cavalletti

 

Listen to other episodes with Rebekah:

Episode 40 – Life in the Vine Book Study (Part 1)

Episode 33- Chapter 7 – Moral Formation with Rebekah

Episode 10 – A Reflection on the Parable of the Good Shepherd led by Rebekah Rojcewicz

 

Episode 2 – “God and the Child” with Rebekah Rojcewicz

 

AUDIO VERSION of The Religious Potential of the Child by Sofia Cavalletti, read by Rebekah Rojcewicz.  CGSUSA has created a Premium Podcast Channel for this audiobook through Podbean.  The cost is a one-time payment of $29.00 and does include the audio version of all chapters of The Religious Potential of the Child, 3rd Edition all read by Rebekah Rojcewicz.  We have provided both video overview instructions and written instructions on accessing this audiobook.  Please use these resources. Unlike the regular podcast, which will remain free and available on many podcast players/apps, this new resource is available only on the Podbean App, which you may download from the IOS App store or the Google Play App store. Learn more here!  Step by step instructions here!

 

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“Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.” -Psalm 111:2

 

“…the attitude and posture needed by the adult in our work should rather be one of humble observer.  In the child, there exists a hidden, but profoundly religious nature, which the child desires to live out.  For a child to reveal this true nature the adult needs to be prepared for the task of helping this revelation to occur.  We need to recognize that our primary call is to be a humble and attentive observer of life.” (“The Religious Experience with the Child Three to Six,” Journals of the Catechesis of the good Shepherd, 1984-1997, 1995 Newsletter, 258-262)

 

Lynne Worthington joins us on the podcast again to explore the art of observation, a deep-rooted attribute of what we do in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  That through observation we can “discover the true nature of the child” (Montessori) and we can “begin to see the religious potential of the child” (Cavalletti) and then through observing the child we can “listen deeply to God” (Rojcewicz).  She speaks about the basic characteristics and attitudes of an observer (learn to be SILENT, to OBSERVE, to put on the mantle of HUMILITY, to be STILL, and to LISTEN). We discuss the differences between observing in a Montessori classroom and a CGS atrium as well as the differences between observing the different atrium levels.

 

Lynne speaks into how important Observation is in this work which is shown in our very first Point of Reflection for The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd:

  1. The child, particularly the religious life of the child, is central to the interest and commitment of the catechist of the Good Shepherd. The catechist observes and studies the vital needs of the child and the manifestations of those vital needs according to the developmental stage of the child

Lynne Worthington worked for 30 years as a catechist for children and adults at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Durham, NC. She also served as the coordinator for CGS in Immaculata School and for the parish. Since 1991 she has taken part in National Formation courses for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, earning certificates as a catechist for all three levels, ages 3-12 years old. She has participated in numerous formation leadership workshops and is recognized as a formation leader by the National Association of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She holds an MA degree in Pastoral Studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO.

Lynne now lives in Ball Ground, GA and volunteers in Atria in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. She and her husband, Bill, have three grown children and two grandchildren.

Chapter 9: “Ways of Accompaniment,” Like Leaven: Accompanying Children on Their Spiritual Journey by Patricia Coulter  

Taste and See: Savoring the Child’s Wisdom by Pam Moore 

“Observation as Prayer” by Rebekah Rojcewicz, 2021 Journal of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

“Action and Contemplation” by Sofia Cavalletti, 1998-2002 Journals of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Vol. 2

“The Religious Experience with the Child Three to Six” by Gianna Gobbi, 1984- 1997 Journals of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Vol. 1 

Another podcast episode with Lynne Worthington: “Episode 17 – Ch. 3 of Joyful Journey Practical Suggestions with Lynne Worthington” 

 

Podcast episode with Pam Moore about the book Taste and See 

 

Podcast episodes to go with the Montessori principles discussed in this episode: 

 

http://montessoriguid.org

 

Observation in the Montessori Classroom, Montessori Print Shop 

 

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“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25:35

 

Kathleen Tong joins us on the podcast today to tell us about how she has been using the method of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in her work in Prison Ministry and the response she has witnessed in our brothers and sisters that she serves there.

 

Kathleen began her work in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in 2003. She serves as a catechist at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Boerne, Texas and most recently was in the Level III atrium. She is a member of the 2014 CGS-MAPS Cohort at the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.

She currently serves as a Certified Volunteer Chaplain’s Assistant (CVCA) for the Texas Department of Corrections Connally Unit in Kenedy, Texas. Kathleen was invited to introduce Catechesis of the Good Shepherd to offenders of the Catholic community who facilitate RCIA in 2019. Additionally, she serves as Secretary and director on the board of Kolbe Prison Ministries and is a member of the San Antonio Kolbe CORE team. She is also the mom of a 22 year old daughter, Hannah Rose, who grew up a child of the atrium.

 

In The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, we have 32 Points of Reflection that are intended to represent the principal aspects of the catechesis as they have developed after more than sixty five years of work with children of different countries, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. Kathleen’s work of using CGS in her prison ministry work is a great example of characteristic #26 in action:

 

  1. The primary commitment of the catechist is working with the children in the atrium; however, this commitment also leads the catechist to be open to the needs of the catechesis in general and making him/her responsive to other forms of service which can be necessary.

 

There is a Summer Catechist Study Day coming up on August 16th from 7-9pm ET.  This is for CGSUSA members.  This is an opportunity to hear some thoughts on Sustaining the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in a Parish Setting from CGSUSA national director, Mary Mirrione who also has 19 years serving as director of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in a large parish in Gilbert, AZ.  You can register HERE 

 

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“For you are a people holy to the Lord, your God; the Lord, your God, has chosen you from all the peoples on the face of the earth to be a people specially his own.” Deuteronomy 7:6

“For the Bible I had a master-teacher, Eugenio Zolli, from whom I learned directly and who opened to me a new way of reading the Bible. …With Zolli, the Bible began to open totally new horizons for me. I came to discover a profundity and multiplicity of meanings in the Bible that I had never imagined. I came to realize the enormous value of the Old Testament, not only in relation to the New Testament, but in itself… I came to discover what Augustine calls the ‘golden thread’; that is, the constant presence of God, of God’s plan, in which all the events are linked together, one to the other, in their movement forward to the fullness that all are looking toward.” (Holy Joy, 62-63)

Ann Garrido joins us on the podcast again to dive into a very unique subject: Eugenio Zolli, an influencer in the work of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Zolli was a Jewish rabbi who converted to Roman Catholicism later in life. He was a professor and worked with Sofia Cavalletti in the 1950s.  He taught her the Jewish way of reading scripture that greatly influenced her work and The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  He wrote an autobiography, Before the Dawn as well as The Nazarene: Studies in New Testament Exegesis.

Ann Garrido is associate professor of homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO and founding director of the school’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies program with an emphasis on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (MAPS-CGS).  She has served as a catechist with children ages 3-12 since 1996. Ann is also a formation leader with the U.S Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for twenty-one years and a member of the association’s formation committee.  She is the author of eight books, including Preaching with Children (LTP, 2022) and A Year with Sofia Cavalletti (LTP, 2017).

Garrido, Ann Preaching with Children

 Garrido, Ann. A Year with Sofia Cavalletti (Chicago: LTP, 2018)

Garrido, Ann. Let's Talk about Truth (ND: Ave Maria Press, 2020)

Ann Garrido’s personal website

Cavalletti, Sofia.  Ways of Holy Joy 

This week we are lifting up our Benefactor Member- Mustard Seed Training is a small group of home-based Christian artisans in Northeast Ohio who pray for the recipient while making these materials for children and families.

Mustard Seed Training has been approved by The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd to partner as a vendor member.

All CGS materials are supplied unfinished allowing the catechist to finish them in accordance with the CGS Method. In addition, our artisans commit to the following:

  • Use furniture-grade birch plywood
  • Use 3/8″ wood with joints instead of 1/4″ for sturdier dioramas
  • Keep popular materials in stock for faster shipping (for example our 2D & 3D figures)
  • Ship unassembled when possible to save you on postage
  • Produce made-to-order items within 6 weeks when not in stock
  • Choose eco-friendly shipping and printing supplies

“We hope the materials available here will assist you in completing your CGS atrium! It is an honor to serve your ministry.”

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