(Pictured Above: L-R) - Aquinas Institute Associate Professor of Homiletics and Director of the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching (DMin) Program, Honora Werner, O.P., instructs her classroom - or "atrium" - of students in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program.
"It is an adaptation of the Montessori method of teaching religion to young people," explains Werner. "All of my students are either leaders or directors of programming in their own church, and this teaching method is then directed to young learners in three different age levels (3-6, 6-9 and 9-12) - allowing each child to develop their own contemplative self based in scripture and liturgy."
The students are taking this class as part of their masters degree program that focuses on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
"This class is fascinating to me," says Wendy Tillman (third from the left), a current student from Good Shepherd parish in Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, who is taking the aforementioned course. "The idea of becoming a theologian is awesome."