Catechesis of the Good Shepherd


Catholic education is more than formal education. One way this is experienced is through the Sr Mary de Rici Atrium located on the lower level of the parish office at Rosalie.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Christian formation process for children aged 3 to 12 years, in which they experience and form an authentic, faithful relationship with God. The Catechesis is grounded in scriptural and liturgical study framed by Maria Montessori’s principles of education. This allows children to hear the Gospel through the use of sensorial rich materials. The children are free to work with these materials that represent essential proclamations of the Christian message.

The adult’s task is to prepare the sacred space for the children, called ‘the atrium’, so that they can respond to this holy relationship, first proclaimed to them through Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

The atrium is a place of community and worship rather than a classroom for academic study. It is a place to be with and enjoy God, listen to the Word, and to pray. It is designed to reflect the beauty of creation and God’s abiding love.

If you would like to discover more about our Atrium at Rosalie or would like to arrange a visit please contact the director, Mary Hare on 3511 6754 or visit the website: