112: 112.  Pedagogy of the Child and God- Fr Mongillo with Claudia Margarita Schmitt

Mar 27, 2024 | The Good Shepherd and the Child | 0 comments

“One body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call. One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6 


“What have we done to Christianity? We have made it into a lot of rules; but Christianity is to enjoy a Person.” Fr Dalmazio Mongillo 


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Claudia joins us on the podcast to share with us some of her memories about Father Mongillo as well as tell us about his teachings regarding the pedagogy of God and the child.  


Claudia Margarita Schmitt lived in many different countries throughout her life. She has discovered over time that her roots are first in her Roman Catholic faith and also in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  Everywhere she goes she recognizes the same language being used to discover the mystery of God. As an international formation leader for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She constantly has this experience of finding her roots.  She has been a catechist for 33 years and a formation leader for 32.  She lived for 8 years in Rome studying and working with Gianna Gobbi and Sofia Cavalletti. She describes this time as precious and that they taught her many things but first to be humble. 



Further Reading: 

Journal Articles by Fr Mongillo: 

  • History and Prayer 2004 Journal  
  • About Justice: A Meditation 1999 Journal – Read HERE 
  • Covenant, Collaboration, & Children 2007 Journal  
  • A Letter from Father Mongillo 2006 Journal  
  • Learning to Love 2009 Journal – Purchase HERE Read HERE 
  • The Vocation to Become Human 2011 Journal – Purchase HERE 

Sofia’s article about Fr Mongillo from the 2006 Journal, read HERE 

A Year with Sofia Cavalletti by Ann Garrido 

Essential Realities, Ch. 2 Catechesis as Celebration by Fr Mongillo 


Heritage Episodes- 

Episode 60- Pioneers of CGS with Betty Hissong 

Episode 68- The CGS Heritage- Eugenio Zolli 

Episode 76- The CGS Heritage- Romano Guardini 

Episode 92- Who was Adele Costa Gnocchi  





Audiobook – Now Available on Audible 

CGSUSA is excited to offer you the audio version of The Religious Potential of the Child – 3rd Edition by Sofia Cavalletti, read by Rebekah Rojcewicz! 

The Religious Potential of the Child is not a “how-to” book, complete with lesson plans and material ideas. Instead it offers a glimpse into the religious life of the atrium, a specially prepared place for children to live out their silent request: “Help me come closer to God by myself.” Here we can see the child’s spiritual capabilities and perhaps even find in our own souls the child long burdened with religious information. This book serves as a companion to the second volume, The Religious Potential of the Child 6 to 12 Years Old. The desire to have this essential text available in audio has been a long-held goal for many. The work of many hands has combined to bring this release to life as an audiobook. 


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