68: The CGS Heritage – Eugenio Zolli with Ann Garrido

Jul 20, 2022 | The Good Shepherd and the Child | 0 comments

“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.”

Feel free to contact Meagen Farrell at learn@mustseed.org or 216.973.4977 for:

  • Custom requests
  • Specific deadlines
  • Bulk items for retreats or materials making workshops


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