TEQUESTA | The first official diocesan catechist training course in an innovative religious formation program for children beginning at age 3 started in January and concludes the week of July 9 at St. Jude Parish.
The program, called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, offers hands-on instruction using methods developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori. The diocese offered two “come and see” workshops for faith formation leaders and catechists last fall.
Ann Garrido, who works with the National Association for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, came from Atlanta to teach faith formation leaders and volunteer catechists how the program is done and how it can enrich and deepen the education of children from ages 3-12. She first encountered it 25 years ago when her son was a 1 year old.
“I got involved in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd when he was little and just discovered a whole different way of being with children that both transformed the way that I parented and then also transformed the way that I taught,” Garrido said.
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