cgsReader Diane wrote me this week to share the good news about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd website. While I've heard wonderful things about the "Atrium" program that exists at many parishes, I have never known the origins or format of the program.

According to the website, "The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an "atrium," a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials that they use."

For a list of churches which offer the Atrium program, click here.  Please note that this list may include non-Catholic parishes and that I have not personally reviewed the Atrium curriculum.

Does your parish have Atrium or employ the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program?  I would love to hear more about your experiences!