113: 113. Nurturing the Whole Child with Rebekah Rojcewicz

Apr 10, 2024 | The Good Shepherd and the Child | 0 comments

“Truly I say to you, unless you change and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3 


“Help us, O God, to enter into the secret of childhood, so that we may know, love and serve the child in accordance with the laws of thy justice and following thy holy will.” Maria Montessori  


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Artwork/Figure 11 from The Religious Potential of the Child that Rebekah speaks about 


We are so happy to announce that Nurturing the Whole Child: Montessori Principles Applied to the Catechesis of Children by Gianna Gobbi is now available in print and on Kindle! For many years we have been looking to update, clarify, and add to Gianna’s written work that was held in the book Listening to God with Children.  This is now published through our CGSUSA imprint with Liturgy Training Publications.  It is a beautiful book with chapters from Gianna that were written after the publication of Listening to God with Children. It had photos and an appendix of articles from others who have written about Gianna, including her closest collaborator, Sofia Cavalletti. 

Rebekah joins us on the podcast to share with us about Gianna and the story of bringing her writing to us.  

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. 



Further Reading: 


Purchase Nurturing the Whole Child HERE 

Purchase the Commemorative Journal: Gianna Gobbi 1919 – 2002 HERE 

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


Other Episodes with Rebekah- 


Episode 2- God and the Child  


Episode 10- A Reflection on the Good Shepherd 


Episode 26- Life in the Vine 


Episode 33 – Moral Formation 


Episode 71 – A Glimpse at Sofia Cavalletti 


Episode 97- The International Consiglio 



Other Episodes About Gianna or Her Writing- 


Episode 3 – Chapter 1 “The Environment” and chapter 2 “The Adult”  


Episode 78- A Glimpse of Gianna Gobbi 


Episode 93- The Meaning, Importance, and Limitations of our Catechetical Materials 


Episode 98 – Welcoming the Children 




Learn more about the 40th Anniversary Celebration of CGSUSA HERE 






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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