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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd began in Rome, Italy, in 1954, when Sofia Cavalletti, a Hebrew and Biblical scholar, and Gianna Gobbi continued the work of Dr. Maria Montessori. They have developed an approach to religious and spiritual development that nurtures the innate spirituality of the young child and the adult. Today, this Catechesis is offered in centers throughout the world. 

The Catechesis takes place in “The Atrium,” a prepared environment for children where Scripture is proclaimed, the study of the great liturgical moments of the Church are celebrated, and the traditions of our faith are experienced. This is a place of prayer, the opportunity for children and adults to contemplate the great mysteries of God’s kingdom and of life.

Two of the guiding principles of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd are:

  • The transmission of the Christian message in the atrium has a celebrative character.

  • In harmony with the universal church, the life of the atrium follows the liturgical year.

 Waterfront Academy incorporates Catholic values and teaching, not only in the Atrium but each day throughout the entire school.

Liturgy and Worship

Students at Waterfront Academy participate in a variety of liturgical and worship celebrations, including:

  • Classroom prayer

  • Weekly Mass

  • Seasonal celebrations of the Sacrament of Reconciliation


Each Friday, Waterfront Academy hosts a Mass celebrated by a Dominican Priest for students, staff, and parents. On holy days of obligation and special feast days, the Primary and Elementary students make the pilgrimage to St. Dominic's Catholic Church (630 E Street SW). 

Non-Catholic students and students too young to receive Holy Communion are invited to receive a priestly blessing during the distribution of Communion.


The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered two to three times per year, especially during the seasons of Advent and Lent.


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