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Retreat for Catechists and Catechetical Leaders

October 12, 2018 @ 5:30 pmOctober 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


The Mystery of God and the Mystery of the Child:
Pondering the Pedagogy of the Good Shepherd

Event: Catechist Retreat at Aquinas College
Date: October 12-13, 2018
Place: Aquinas College, Siena Hall

In order for catechesis to achieve its goal, catechists must come to a deeper understanding of the nature of its content. Equally as important, we must identify and address the nature of the child to whom this content is intended. Master catechists Maria Montessori and Sofia Cavalletti have peered into the mystery of both God and the child. From them we can deepen our own understanding of these two great mysteries.


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5:30-6:30 pm          Arrival and check in
7:00 pm                   Introductions
7:30 pm                   Presentation, The Mystery of God: ‘I am the Good Shepherd. I know my sheep…’
8:30 pm                   Night Prayer followed by evening social
11:30 pm                 Silence


7:30-8:30 am             Breakfast 
8:30 am                      Morning Prayer 
8:45-9:45 am             Presentation, The Mystery of the Child: ‘Help me to come closer to God by myself.’  10:00 am                    Confessions
11:00 am                    Mass

11:30 am-12:15 pm  Lunch

12:15-2:00 pm           Leisure/personal prayer time
2:00-3:00 pm             Guided reading & discussion, ‘The Religious Potential of the Child’: Insights from
                                           Drs. Sofia Cavaletti & Maria Montessori (copy of text will be made available)
3:00 pm                     Break
3:30-4:30 pm            Guided reading & discussion, ‘The Child in the Church’ by Maria Montessori
                                           (copy of text will be made available)
5:00 pm                     Conclusion and send off

Schedule is subject to change.


Our retreat will be held at Siena Hall on the Dominican Campus. Though just 15 minutes from downtown Nashville, surrounded by 92 acres of sprawling natural beauty, retreatants will enjoy the experience of ‘being far away.’

Enjoy the view of the Nashville sunrise or sunset from the third floor outdoor patio.  Room options are double or single with adjoining bathroom.

The retreat experience will provide sustained time of prayer and silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in our St. Jude Chapel. 

Personal inquiry? Contact Sister Mary Michael, O.P. at srmmichael@aquinascollege.edu


October 12, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
October 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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Siena Hall
4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205 United States


Center for Evangelization & Catechesis