Montessori children learn the importance of a spiritual life. The mission of the Academy mirrors Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth, her acceptance of Jesus in her own life and her commitment to carry Him to others.
Students strive to “Live Jesus” by reflecting Christ’s gentle strength in their daily interactions.Boys and girls begin each class with a prayer. In all that we do, the words of St. Francis are repeated, “Let us place ourselves in the presence of God….”The children continue to “Live Jesus” in their thoughts and actions. They learn about moral values such as honesty, patience and respect. They participate in informal prayer such as praise, petitions and thanksgiving for God, family and the environment.
Formal prayer is also introduced with the Sign of the Cross, the Lord’s Prayer and the Hail Mary. The children celebrate feast days and holy days. They attend church activities such as the Celebration of Christ’s birth during the Christmas concert, Ash Wednesday and the Mary Crowning. They also enjoy Bible stories and singing religious songs.
The children also participate in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This is a Montessori-based approach to the religious formation of children, beginning at the age of three. We seek to create and facilitate a sacred, “hands-on” space for children. In our prayer corner, both the children and the catechists can hear, ponder, and celebrate the most essential mysteries of the Christian faith as revealed in the Scriptures and the Liturgy.