GS and Child Podcast | Season 3

Episode 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!! 

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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: 

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  


Please send materials to:  

Journal Editors / Catechesis of the Good Shepherd  

7655 East Main Street  

Scottsdale, AZ 85251  

Email: [email protected] 

Or submit online at: 

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


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