Educational Institutions

Center for Children and Theology

  • Washington, DC
  • www.cctheo.org

Mission Statement

The spiritual life of children is the focus of research at the Center for Children and Theology. It is an outgrowth of the observations and reflections of teachers and catechists spanning over two decades, using a formation education program based on the methods of Maria Montessori, called the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
The child's relationship with God is marked by enjoyment, simplicity, wonder, and love. Their spirituality provides the whole church with an understanding of God that complements other prophetic voices in the church.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Level I Course
  3. Level II Course
  4. Level III Course
  5. Weaving Our Gifts

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Service Areas

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International

Internationally - via the internet our publications and resources serve an international audience.
Nationally - we also serve catechists at events including courses, conferences, and local round tables.

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer since 1995

Self-reported

Catherine Maresca

Keywords

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CGS, Catechsis of the Good Shepherd, Interfaith Education, CCT, Montessori, education, religious, spiritual, formation, research

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Also Known As

CCTHEO

EIN

52-1926488

 Number

4353290715

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

Christian (X20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Observation space for researchers exploring the spiritual life of young children, as well as a library of resources and a database documenting the spiritual life of children. Training courses for catechists in the CGS Scripture booklets and other materials for use with the CGS Occasional Papers, a collection of papers exploring the theology and spirituality of children. ECHOES, a thematic report that focuses on various aspects of the spirituality of children and lists related resources. Retreats for adults, using materials from the CGS to encounter the essence of our faith and the spirit of the child. Consultation to parishes and schools using the CGS throughout the country. An introduction to the CGS and the spirituality of the child to adult continuing education classes, church groups, and university courses. A biannual conference for Catechists called Weaving Our Gifts.

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Program 2

Level I Course

Serving the 3-6 Year Old Child in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Category

Theology & Comparative Religion

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Adults

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Program 3

Level II Course

Serving the 6-9 Year Old Child in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Category

Theology & Comparative Religion

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Adults

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Program 4

Level III Course

Serving the 9-12 Year Old Child in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Category

Theology & Comparative Religion

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Adults

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Program 5

Weaving Our Gifts

A conference for catechists. Offered biannually since 2002.

Category

Theology & Comparative Religion

Population(s) Served

None

Adults

None

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Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Internationally - via the internet our publications and resources serve an international audience.
Nationally - we also serve catechists at events including courses, conferences, and local round tables.

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

We need funds to support the development of programs and materials, based on our work with and research on the spiritual life and theology of children. To date we have published a number of papers, a thematic report three times/ year, a conference for catechists, courses for catechists, Round Tables for catechists, and materials to support the work of children in a religious formation setting Once established these programs and materials are self-supporting. We are currently developing materials for older children to introduce them to world religions.

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Operations

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Center for Children and Theology

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Catherine Maresca

BIO

Work with children as catechist since 1982.
Work with adults as catechist formation leader since 1985.
Author of DoubleClose, the Young Child's Knowledge of God, and numerous papers and articles.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Amanda Messinger

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