New RE program takes hands-on approach

The new RE program is based on the work of educator Maria Montessori and Sofia Cavalletti, who founded the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd faith formation program (Facebook/Bishop Columba MacBeth-Green)

Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese has launched a new religious education program developed for its Catholic schools that enables children to have a hands-on approach to learning the faith.

On Thursday, December 3, Wilcannia-Forbes Bishop Columba MacBeth-Green OSPPE officially launched and decreed the “Educating in Christ” program, which has been developed specifically for the diocese.

“Educating in Christ is a religious education program based using a ‘liturgical spiral’ by which students participate in learning experiences that are aligned to the liturgical seasons of the Church,” Bishop MacBeth-Green wrote in a statement on his Facebook page yesterday.

The program’s methodology is based on the work of famed Italian educator Maria Montessori (1870-1952) and Sofia Cavalletti (1917-2011), who founded the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd faith formation program for children.

Bishop MacBeth-Green said the program’s primary goal is to “bring each student into a closer intimacy with Jesus Christ through the Scriptures, Traditions and Catechism of the Catholic Church”.

“This religious education program will ensure that our students are taught the richness of our Catholic faith with a hands-on approach that makes religious education fun and exciting that ensures our students will grow to love Jesus Christ the Word made Flesh and his Church on earth,” Bishop MacBeth-Green said.

He thanked the diocese’s Mission and Religious Education team for its ongoing work with our new program, and for school communities for their “continual support and encouragement of this ground-breaking program in the diocese”.


Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes launches new religious education program (Facebook/Bishop Columba MacBeth-Green OSPPE DD)

Wilcannia-Forbes launches new RE program (Facebook/Catholic Education Wilcannia-Forbes) 

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