The Good Shepherd and the Child
The Good Shepherd and the Child
CGSUSA
Where we explore the spirituality of Christian children through the method of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
109.  The CGS Heritage- Father Dalmazio Mongillo, To Enjoy a Person with Sue Jett
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:5  “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    Submit a Podcast Listener Question HERE!    Who is Father Dalmazio Mongillo and how has he influenced our work in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?    Read Sofia’s article about Fr Mongillo: Christianity? To Enjoy a Person from the 2006 Journal    Sue first began implementing the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in 2003 while teaching at St. Peter's Catholic School in Beaufort, SC. She is certified in Levels I, II, and III and became a formation leader in 2010 after receiving her Master of Arts degree in the discipline of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO.  Sue has directed religious education programs in the dioceses of Milwaukee, Chicago, and NW Indiana and has facilitated the development of CGS in several parishes.  She currently serves as a Level 1 Catechist at St. James the Less in Highland, IN and works with lower-elementary children at the Montessori Children's Schoolhouse in Hammond, IN.      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    A Year with Sofia Cavalletti by Ann Garrido  Essential Realities    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:    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.    Find out more about CGS:    Learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at www.cgsusa.org     Follow us on Social Media-  Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd”  Instagram-  cgsusa  Twitter- @cgsusa  Pinterest- Natl Assoc of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA  YouTube- catechesisofthegoodshepherd
Feb 14
26 min
108.  Phenomenology with Dr. Donald Wallenfang
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.  Matthew 11: 24,25    Submit a Podcast Listener Question HERE!  What is Phenomenology and how do we see it lived out both in the child and in the atrium?  Donald (Donny) Wallenfang, OCDS, PhD is a Level III catechist, Secular Discalced Carmelite, and Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. He received his MTS from St Norbert College and his doctorate from Loyola University Chicago. He has published twelve books as well as numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in Christian theology and philosophy. His areas of expertise merge at the intersection of Carmelite spirituality, phenomenology, metaphysics, liturgical theology, evangelization and catechesis. Wallenfang served in full-time youth and young adult ministry for nine years. He has been married to his wife, Megan, for twenty-four years and has six children.    Further Reading:    The Religious Potential of the Child 3rd Edition  The Religious Potential of the Child 6 to 12 year old 2nd Edition  Way of Holy Joy by Sofia Cavalletti  Redeeming Conflict by Ann Garrido  A Year with Sofia Cavalletti by Ann Garrido  Phenomenology: A Basic Introduction in the Light of Jesus Christ by Donald Wallenfang  Shoeless: Carmelite Spirituality in a Disquieted World by Donald and Megan Wallenfang  Dialectical Anatomy of the Eucharist: An Étude in Phenomenology by Donald Wallenfang  Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori    Other Episodes You Might Enjoy    Episode 107- The Metaphysical Child with Dr Donald Wallenfang  Episode 2 –God and the Child   Episode 82 - Merciful Parenting    AUDIOBOOK:    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.    Find out more about CGS:      Learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at www.cgsusa.org     Follow us on Social Media-  Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd”  Instagram-  cgsusa  Twitter- @cgsusa  Pinterest- Natl Assoc of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA  YouTube- catechesisofthegoodshepherd
Jan 31
42 min
107.  The Metaphysical Child with Dr. Donald Wallenfang
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will."  Matthew 11: 24,25    Submit a Podcast Listener Question HERE!   What is metaphysics and how does it relate to the child? How does Montessori’s idea of the triangular relationship which is the child, the adult, the environment manifest this idea of metaphysics. How can we as adults create environments that allow the child to be more metaphysical?  “There is no being more metaphysical than the child.” Sofia RPC1  Donald (Donny) Wallenfang, OCDS, PhD is a Level III catechist, Secular Discalced Carmelite, and Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. He received his MTS from St Norbert College and his doctorate from Loyola University Chicago. He has published twelve books as well as numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in Christian theology and philosophy. His areas of expertise merge at the intersection of Carmelite spirituality, phenomenology, metaphysics, liturgical theology, evangelization and catechesis. Wallenfang served in full-time youth and young adult ministry for nine years. He has been married to his wife, Megan, for twenty-four years and has six children.    Further Reading:    The Religious Potential of the Child 3rd Edition  The Religious Potential of the Child 6 to 12 year old 2nd Edition  Way of Holy Joy by Sofia Cavalletti  Donald Wallenfang, Metaphysics: A Basic Introduction in a Christian Key (Cascade, 2019).  Donald Wallenfang, Human and Divine Being: A Study on the Theological Anthropology of Edith Stein (Cascade, 2017).  Thomas Aquinas, Aquinas’s Shorter Summa (Sophia Institute, 2001).      Other Episodes You Might Enjoy    Episode 2 –God and the Child   Episode 82 - Merciful Parenting    AUDIOBOOK:    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.    Find out more about CGS:      Learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at www.cgsusa.org     Follow us on Social Media-  Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd”  Instagram-  cgsusa  Twitter- @cgsusa  Pinterest- Natl Assoc of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA  YouTube- catechesisofthegoodshepherd
Jan 17
35 min
106.  Rebroadcasted- Montessori’s Epiphany with Sherry Mock
"Raise your eyes and look about; they all gather and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters in the arms of their nurses.  Then you shall be radiant at what you see, your heart shall throb and overflow, for the riches of the sea shall be emptied out before you, the wealth of nations shall be brought to you."  Isaiah 60: 4-5    Submit a Podcast Listener Question HERE!     Epiphany is 117 years since Maria Montessori dedicated a space specifically for the poor children of San Lorenzo which began her lifelong work of discovering the child and their absorbent minds.    Sherry Mock joins us today to tell us the spirit filled story of that beautiful Epiphany.  Sherry Mock lives in Texas with her husband.  She has been trained as a Montessori guide and in all three levels of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  She is a wife, mother, grandmother, Godmother, Bible teacher, and church and community volunteer.      Further Reading:    2020 The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Journal  The Child in the Church by Maria Montessori  Other Episode with Sherry:    Episode 52: Practical Life with Sherry Mock    AUDIOBOOK:    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.    Find out more about CGS:      Learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at www.cgsusa.org     Follow us on Social Media-  Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd”  Instagram-  cgsusa  Twitter- @cgsusa  Pinterest- Natl Assoc of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA  YouTube- catechesisofthegoodshepherd
Jan 3
35 min
105. Welcoming the Christ Child as a Sacred Act with Mary Mirrione
"And Mary kept all theses things, pondering them in her heart.” Luke 2:19    Submit a Podcast Listener Question HERE!    Mary Mirrione and I ponder the great mystery of the Incarnation as we do with the children in the work of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd wondering about that great mystery of who Jesus is. Our conversation today is in light of what we are learning through our work with the infant and toddler about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, what the basic needs of a woman in labor and a newborn are and what light this might give us about the mystery of the Incarnation.     Further Reading:    The Basic Needs of a Woman in Labour by Ruth Ehrhardt    The History of the Kingdom of God, Part 1: From Creation to Parousia    Other Podcast Episodes You Might Want to Listen To:    Episode 99- Oxytocin with Ruth Ehrhardt and Mary Mirrione    Episode 92- Adele Costa Gnocchi with Karin Slabaugh    Episode 27 – Mystery of the Incarnation with Karen Maxwell  Episode 53 – The Birth and Infancy of Jesus with Ann Garrido  Episode 79- Ch. 6 of The Religious Potential of the Child- The Historical Events in the Life of Jesus Christ  Episode 104. Incarnation and the Annunciation with Sofia Cavalletti    AUDIOBOOK:    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.    Find out more about CGS:      Learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at www.cgsusa.org     Follow us on Social Media-  Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd”  Instagram-  cgsusa  Twitter- @cgsusa  Pinterest- Natl Assoc of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA  YouTube- catechesisofthegoodshepherd
Dec 20, 2023
29 min
104. Incarnation and the Annunciation with Sofia Cavalletti
"Let it be with me according to you word.” Luke 1:38    Submit a Podcast Listener Question HERE!    As we enter Advent and celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception let us listen to Sofia’s words from Chapters 41 and 43 of The History of the Kingdom of God Part One on the Incarnation and the Annunciation     Further Reading:    The History of the Kingdom of God, Part 1: From Creation to Parousia          Learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at www.cgsusa.org     Follow us on Social Media-  Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd”  Instagram-  cgsusa  Twitter- @cgsusa  Pinterest- Natl Assoc of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA  YouTube- catechesisofthegoodshepherd
Dec 6, 2023
22 min
103. Friendship of Catechists with Mary Heinrich
"Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other." —1 John 4:11    Submit a Podcast Listener Question HERE!    Mary Heinrich discusses with us the value of friendship in this work as well as different networks you can set up to help sustain this desired support and community.  Mary is the Membership Coordinator for The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Prior to joining the staff, Mary served on the CGSUSA Board of Trustees for seven years. Mary has also served as a Director of Faith Formation in the Catholic Church for twenty-nine years, as well as a consultant and editor for religious education publishers.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri. Her husband, Kurt is a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Des Moines and teaches theology at the local Catholic high school, is a Level One catechist, and enjoys making materials for the atrium.  Their daughter, Clare, is the elementary faith formation coordinator at her Church, working in the Level One and Level Two atria. When not immersed in CGS, Mary enjoys reading, art and spending time with her family.   Types of CGSUSA Memberships    Information about Regional Groups      Other Episode with Mary:   Episode 31 - “Even Now” A Lenten Reflection with Mary Heinrich    Further Reading:    Read Tina Lillig’s article Life of the Catechist online   Facets of Joy         Learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at www.cgsusa.org     Follow us on Social Media-  Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd”  Instagram-  cgsusa  Twitter- @cgsusa  Pinterest- Natl Assoc of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA  YouTube- catechesisofthegoodshepherd
Nov 22, 2023
30 min
102. Theological Reflection with Autumn Domingue
"And Mary kept all these things, pondering on them in her heart.” Luke 2:19  Submit a Podcast Listener Question HERE!  Autumn Domingue joins us on the podcast again to explain the art of Theological Reflection, how it can help us in this work, and to demonstrate the process to us.   Autumn Domingue is a spiritual director, formation leader, and Life Coach, whose greatest joy is journeying with those searching for greater meaning and purpose in their lives. In addition to her private practice, Autumn supervises other spiritual directors and currently works as a mental health coach for Lyra Mental Health whose mission is to transform access to life-changing mental health care. Autumn enjoys yoga, painting, playing with her grandchildren, and taking long walks in the Texas Hill Country where she resides. Autumn’s website: https://www.autumndomingue.com/      Other Episodes with Autumn:  Episode 37 –CGS and Spiritual Direction     Episode 42 - The Mystery of Time    Further Reading:    2019 Journal of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd article Growing Collaboration through Theological Reflection  Supervising Ministry Students by Ann M. Garrido Chapter 3 (Theological Reflection: The Heart of Field Education)  The Art of Theological Reflection By Patricia O'Connell Killen and John DeBeer        Learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at www.cgsusa.org     Follow us on Social Media-  Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd”  Instagram-  cgsusa  Twitter- @cgsusa  Pinterest- Natl Assoc of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA  YouTube- catechesisofthegoodshepherd
Nov 8, 2023
50 min
101. The Transitioning Child with Diane Olsen
"Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” Genesis 1:26  Submit a Podcast Listener Question HERE!  Diane Olsen returns to the podcast to explore who the transitioning child is, the 6 year old, the 9 year old, and the 12 year old.  We also discuss how we can best serve these children in our atria.   “We must take man himself, take him with patience and confidence, across all the planes of education. We must put everything before him, the school, culture, religion, the world itself. We must help him to develop within himself that which will make him capable of understanding. It is not merely words, it is a labor of education. This will be a be a preparation for peace, for peace cannot exist without justice and without men endowed with a strong conscience and personality.”  Montessori, Maria. The Four Planes of Education (pg 10)  Diane Olsen has been involved in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd since 1990. She has received all formation levels and was recognized as a formation leader in 2002. She is actively involved leading catechist formation around the country. Diane has a philosophy and math degree from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies-Catechesis of the Good Shepherd from the Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Missouri. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother.    Other Episodes that relate to this topic:  The Four Planes of Development with Claire Paglia      Other Episodes with Diane:  Episode 3 – The Environment and the Adult with Diane Olsen    Episode 51 – Prayer of Thanksgiving with Diane Olsen  Episode 94-CGS Characteristics #17, 18, 19, and 20 with Lynda Catalano and Diane Olsen      The Four Planes of Education by Maria Montessori      Learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at www.cgsusa.org     Follow us on Social Media-  Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd”  Instagram-  cgsusa  Twitter- @cgsusa  Pinterest- Natl Assoc of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA  YouTube- catechesisofthegoodshepherd
Oct 25, 2023
36 min
100. Art as Prayer Response with Marty O’Bryan
"Bless the Lord, my soul; all my being, bless his holy name!” Psalm 103:1  Episode 100!!  Submit a Podcast Listener Question HERE!  Read Marty’s article from the 2017 Journal Inspiriting Art Expression Online here.     Marty O”Bryan returns to the podcast to talk about prayer as a response in children, especially their art work.    Marty O’Bryan began her formation in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd with Sofia Cavalletti in 1983 and has been a catechists since 1985. She conducts adult formations at Levels I, II and III throughout the United States. A retired speech and language pathologist, Marty holds a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies with an emphasis on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd from Aquinas Institute of Theology. Currently, she works with children in Level I, II, and III atria in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.      Art Submissions for the CGSUSA Annual Journal: https://www.cgsusa.org/artwork-submission/  The Journal committee invites reflections by children you work with on the mysteries they encounter in the atrium, whether these are voiced or written prayer or theological expression through art. We especially seek syntheses of the various themes they have received.      Please follow these guidelines for submitting children’s work or photographs for possible publication in 2024 Journal:      For the best possible image of children’s art, please send the original. Otherwise, a photograph taken by a smartphone can have sufficient resolution if it is attached as file in its original size.      Every submission must have the child’s name, age, and if pertinent, something the child said about his or her drawing. It can include an explanation of the circumstances that led to the child’s work.      The child’s art should be free from all adult writing.  Comments or explanations may be written on the permission form that accompanies the artwork.      The permission form needs to include the child’s home address and signature of one of the child’s parents. The permission form can be found on the website of The United States Association of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at www.cgsusa.org      Please send materials to:   Journal Editors / Catechesis of the Good Shepherd   7655 East Main Street   Scottsdale, AZ 85251   Email: journal@cgsusa.org  Or submit online at:  https://www.cgsusa.org/artwork-submission/        Art Supplies for the Atrium sold by CGSUSA    The HeART of the Child Art Book      Other Episodes with Marty:  Episode 61- The Roots of the Eucharist and the Easter Mystery  Episode 95- CGS Characteristics #21 and #25      Learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at www.cgsusa.org     Follow us on Social Media-  Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd”  Instagram-  cgsusa  Twitter- @cgsusa  Pinterest- Natl Assoc of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA  YouTube- catechesisofthegoodshepherd
Oct 11, 2023
39 min
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