THE RELIGIOUS POTENTIAL OF THE CHILD Six to Twelve Years Old, Second Edition Available Now!


Here, at last, is the long-awaited continuation of The Religious Potential of the Child (from 3 to 6 years old). The author, Sofia Cavalletti, founder of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, describes an approach to the religious education of children according to the methods of Maria Montessori, which has gained worldwide attention. In this book, she draws on her long experience with children from diverse cultures and environments to describe the vital religious needs of the older child (6 to 12 years old).

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for the older child builds on the foundation in scripture and liturgy offered to the younger child (3 to 6 years old). The theme of the covenant between God and humankind first revealed to the people of Israel is expanded to include the dimension of time: all of history, from creation to the parousia. For the older child, awareness of participation in this covenant relationship leads spontaneously to a sense of moral responsibility, and of engagement with the cosmos in all its manifestations.

This book will be a great help to educators and catechists who seek to understand the characteristics of the older child, particularly the child’s relationship with the mystery of God.

This classic text has been updated to reflect Sofia Cavalletti’s edits to the Spanish edition and includes a new Preface and Afterword by editor Rebekah Rojcewicz.

Sofia Cavalletti is an internationally known biblical scholar and was a member of the committee that prepared the Directory for Masses with Children.

Together with her collaborator, Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori educator, she has traveled throughout the world forming catechists in this essentially oral method and helping to establish catechetical centers modeled on their Centro di Catechesi in Rome. Rebekah Rojcewicz serves on the Executive Committee of the International Council for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She also serves on the staff of The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Rebekah trained with Sofia Cavalletti and her collaborator Gianna Gobbi and has spent over three decades working with children in the atrium as well as in the formation of catechists. She has served as an author, editor, and translator of a number of CGS volumes.

You can purchase the NEW third edition of The Religious Potential of the Child, Six to Twelve Years Old today!

Since 1984, when the budding Association published its first newsletter, CGSUSA has published 72 books, journals, and articles.  CGSUSA publishes books under an imprint of Liturgical Training Publications (LTP), the publishing arm of the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Under that imprint CGSUSA has published English translations of the seminal works of Sofia Cavalletti, including several recently updated volumes. CGSUSA continues to select manuscripts for publication, working with prospective authors on ideas of interest to the CGS community. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Publications issues an average of two new books a year.