Episode 54 – Human Needs and Tendencies with Cathy Johanni


“For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.”  Ephesians 2:10

Today we are continuing our season 2 journey of exploring all things Montessori as a way to understand the underpinnings and influence Maria Montessori’s discoveries of the child had on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd by diving into her philosophy of Human Needs and Tendencies.

Cathy Johanni lives in Columbus, Ohio where she has enjoyed accompanying children on their spiritual journeys for more than two decades. She is recognized as a formation leader in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at levels I, II, and III.  She has been involved in Montessori education for a decade, working with children ages 5-14.   A member of the editorial committee for the United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Annual Journal. Cathy has authored articles and contributed to The Roman Missal Third Edition and the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Changes to Materials . She holds a Bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Princeton University, a Master’s degree from The Ohio State University and Montessori Elementary certificates. Married for 31 years, she is the mother of five.

The Human Tendencies and Montessori Education by Mario Montessori

Books about Montessori or her work provided by CGSUSA bookstore:

LISTENING TO GOD WITH CHILDREN BY GIANNA GOBBI

COMMEMORATIVE JOURNAL: GIANNA GOBBI 1919-2002

In the 2021 CGSUSA Journal we seek to offer a rich study and deeper understanding of Montessori’s work, which is so integral to CGS.

MONTESSORI: ON RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

THE CHILD IN THE CHURCH (SOFTCOVER)

SILENCE IN THE SHADOW OF SPEECH

Previous podcast episodes about Montessori and her work:

Episode 4 on Normalization

Episode 30 on Freedom and Discipline

Episode 41 on The Elementary Aged Child

Through their joy, their wonder and awe, their capacity for love and prayer, and their radical simplicity, the children offer adults a glimpse into what it means to fall in love with God. This has been the work of CGSUSA for almost 40 years now: to advocate for the child’s joy. Each year, CGSUSA provides catechist formation, publishes new books for continued study and contemplation, and continues to support catechists and religious leaders across the nation and the world in helping children find their own path to God’s love.  We humbly ask for your continued help and support in this effort, please give to our Annual Appeal. Donate today to continue to support CGSUSA.