Dr. Montessori's discoveries with respect to natural human development are the foundation of the entire Atrium program. We also wish to prepare catechists in accordance with the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Our training provides doctrinal formation to catechists-in-training through days of recollection and study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Finally, our preparation includes days of silent retreat and prayer for catechists in keeping with the Montessori nature of the spiritual preparation of guides in the prepared environments for children. One of the most beautiful and essential elements of the Atrium is its contemplative spirit and the nature of the children's work within a specially prepared religious environment. Our silent retreats for catechists correspond with this same spirit.
The Level II Atrium builds on the foundation for the child's encounter with the Catholic community of faith. Religious experiences are deepened, which facilitates even greater participation in the wider community of the family, the Church and other social spheres. At this level, the child prepares and receives the sacraments of Holy Communion and Confession.
Key elements of Level II Atria include:
We hope to schedule a Level II course in July 2018. Please check back for updates and contact us if you are interested in taking this course.