GS and Child Podcast | Season 1

Episode 41 – The Elementary Aged Child: Ch. 3 of Life in the Vine: The Joyful Journey Continues with Anna Hurdle

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” John 15:11

“It is possible to see a clear analogy between the mission of the Shepherd in the Church and that of the prudent and generous educator in the Montessori method, who with tenderness, with love and with a wise evaluation of gifts, knows how to discover and bring to light the most hidden virtues and capacities of the child.” Pope John XXIII

Anna Hurdle join us today to dive into the mystery of the second plane child, the 6-12 year old.  We break open who this child is, what face of God they need, and how we can respond to their developing capacities.  This episode goes with Chapter 3 of Life in the Vine: The Joyful Journey Continues by Rebekah Rojcewicz.

Anna is a practicing Montessori teacher (AMS 6-12) in a public Montessori school. She is Director of Children’s Formation coordinating Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in her parish, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, where she also serves as a catechist. Anna serves as a formation leader at three levels offering courses in the U.S. and Canada. She frequently serves on national CGSUSA formation teams. In addition, Anna is a member of the CGSUSA Episcopal Committee and the Formation Committee.

Purchase Life in the Vine: The Joyful Journey Continues from the CGSUSA online store today.

For information on the Life in the Vine Book Study, please take some time to read more today.  The Life in the Vine: The Joyful Journey Continues Level II Book Study is a wonderful opportunity for catechists to gather in person or via Zoom, at the parish level, by region, or as a way to reconnect with fellow catechists from your time in a CGSUSA formation course.

We are grateful to Joann Terranova, Maria Muscado, Connie Moretti, and the catechists in the Sheepfold Regional Group in the state of WA for developing this process and sharing it with CGSUSA, and also to board member, Sussan Stuhhlsaaatz-Reese, who piloted a Zoom Book Study group this spring using this study.  What you will find in this book study is an opportunity to read and share, to reflect on what resonated with you, and to ask questions and discuss the rich themes found in this text, alongside the child’s expression of those themes. For each chapter, samples of the child’s artwork will be shared, so that you may go deeper still to reflect upon the Mystery of the God and the Mystery of the Child.

Listen to Episode 33- Chapter 7 – Moral Formation with Rebekah.



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