“There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
Today we are continuing our season 2 journey of exploring all things Montessori as a way to understand the underpinnings and influence Maria Montessori’s discoveries of the child had on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd by diving into her philosophy of Sensitive Periods.
Celine Mitchell joins us again today to dive into this subject. Although Celine recently retired as Director of CGS at her parish, she continues to be involved as catechist at St. Ambrose Academy where she also is a primary Montessori teacher. Celine is a recognized formation leader in Levels I and II. She assisted numerous parishes in starting CGS in western Pennsylvania and internationally and in her “retirement” continues to do consulting for those wanting to begin Catholic Montessori. She has led formation courses in Poland and for the Missionaries of Charity in Latvia, Brazil, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and San Francisco. Celine and her husband Bob (also a CGS catechist) have 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren and live at Good Shepherd House of Prayer.
Books about Montessori or her work provided by CGSUSA bookstore:
LISTENING TO GOD WITH CHILDREN BY GIANNA GOBBI
COMMEMORATIVE JOURNAL: GIANNA GOBBI 1919-2002:
In the 2021 Journal we seek to offer a rich study and deeper understanding of Montessori’s work, which is so integral to CGS.
MONTESSORI: ON RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
THE CHILD IN THE CHURCH (SOFTCOVER)
SILENCE IN THE SHADOW OF SPEECH
Previous episodes about Montessori and her work:
Episode 4 on Normalization – https://www.cgsusa.org/episode-4/
Episode 30 on Freedom and Discipline – https://www.cgsusa.org/episode-30/
Episode 41 on The Elementary Aged Child – https://www.cgsusa.org/episode-41/
Through their joy, their wonder and awe, their capacity for love and prayer, and their radical simplicity, the children offer adults a glimpse into what it means to fall in love with God. This has been the work of CGSUSA for almost 40 years now: to advocate for the child’s joy. Each year, CGSUSA provides catechist formation, publishes new books for continued study and contemplation, and continues to support catechists and religious leaders across the nation and the world in helping children find their own path to God’s love. We humbly ask for your continued help and support in this effort, please give to our Annual Appeal. Here is the link to donate: https://www.cgsusa.org/donate/
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