"The atrium is a place of prayer, in which work and study spontaneously become meditation, contemplation, and prayer."
"The atrium is a place in which the only Teacher is Christ; both children and adults place themselves in a listening stance before his Word and seek to penetrate the mystery of the liturgical celebration."
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based method of religious formation for children ages three through twelve. It seeks to create and facilitate a sacred, “hands-on” space for children called an Atrium, in which both the children and their catechists can hear, ponder, and celebrate the most essential mysteries of the Catholic faith as revealed in the Scriptures and the Liturgy. Originally developed in Rome by Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi fifty years ago, the Catechesis continues to spread world-wide.
The children look forward to their weekly Atrium time where they spend an hour and a half to two hours working, listening, praying, and enjoying time with each other and with the Good Shepherd.