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Principles for Children's Catechesis

Sister Mary Michael Fox, op

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In the 2020 Directory for Catechesis, the Church calls for a renewal of catechesis that focuses on bringing people to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Solid formation is not only about teaching doctrine, but also, and more importantly, about forming disciples who have encountered and know Christ. In Following God’s Pedagogy, Sister Mary Michael Fox, OP, brings decades of experience in catechesis to offer a unique and proven model for children’s catechesis. She draws upon her deep catechetical experience and thorough research into the nature of the child, divine revelation, and catechetical methodology. She offers timely insight into how the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) offers an approach to children’s catechesis that forms the mind and heart of the child, leading them into a deeper relationship with Christ and a life of discipleship.

Bishops, diocesan catechetical directors, and all catechists will discover a way of faith formation of children that is sure to renew and strengthen catechesis for years to come.

"Sister Mary Michael Fox, op, weaves information and inspiration together in Following God’s Pedagogy and has produced a work that reflects the signs of the times. I am particularly heartened by the wider understanding of catechesis that takes into account the need to form a Christian and sacramental imagination in every child."
—Mary Pat Donoghue, Executive Director
Secretariat of Catholic Education United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Washington, DC

"For years, I’ve been telling catechists that they are not teachers of a subject, but rather facilitators of an encounter with Mystery. They must rely on a “language of mystery” (sign, symbol, ritual, sacred objects, movement and gesture, music and song, silence, and storytelling)—a hallmark of CGS—to effectively proclaim God’s Word. In this book, Fox brilliantly demonstrates how all catechesis—as exemplified in CGS—must evoke a sense of wonder if we hope to transform hearts and minds and form disciples of Christ."
—Joe Paprocki, DMin, National Consultant for Faith Formation Loyola Press

"Fox offers her substantial contribution to the recovery of an evangelizing catechesis with the kerygma at its center. This book offers a sure path to a renewed catechesis through insights into the modern catechetical movement, the contours of a holistic catechesis that engages mind, heart, and will in imitation of the divine pedagogy, and her proposed focus on the perichoretic nature of catechesis embodied in CGS."
—Jem Sullivan, PhD, Associate Professor of Catechetics The Catholic University of America

"Following God’s Pedagogy: Principles for Children’s Catechesis is a significant scholarly study of the history and nature of catechesis. This book is a vital contribution to the Church’s catechetical mission expressed so beautifully in the 2020 Directory for Catechesis. Sr. Mary Michael Fox, OP, seeks to demonstrate how the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd approach integrates the theological, methodological, and anthropological dimensions of catechesis in light of the pedagogy of God. Bishops, pastors, diocesan directors, and catechists will find her work enlightening in the ongoing dialogue of catechesis today."
— Mary Mirrione, National Director The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

"Sister Mary Michael Fox has spent a lifetime in personal reflection on the catechesis of children. We are now the beneficiaries of her insights and careful academic research. In Following God’s Pedagogy we are offered a prayerful, masterly synthesis of the most effective catechetical practices of the past forty years, and a succinct catalogue of the elements necessary for today. These include such essentials as: the environment, materials, developmentally appropriate and accurate language, the context, the catechist, and more. This book deserves to become the standard text for training catechists in understanding their task."
— Dr. Gerard O'Shea, Professor of Religious Education University of Notre Dame, Australia